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Old 01-09-2007, 07:30 PM   #1
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How to grind something thick finely

I asked something similar to this around here before, but I havenít found a satisfactory solution yet. I need to grind something as thick as ground beefabout as fine as peanut butter.I just busted my blender again, for good this time I think. Will a peanut butter mill do that, or will it clog?Would a better blender work? I can get one like this http://cgi.ebay.ca/KITCHENAID-Ultra-Power-5-Speed-Blender-Onyx-Black_W0QQitemZ280065890848QQihZ018QQcategoryZ2066 8QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem for 169$ locally.I donít think Iíd be able to afford a food processor that could handle it.. At least the ones Iív seen around here are too flimsy or too expensive.Iíve heard suggestion of a meat grinder but I donít think thereís any way that would grind finely enough, even putting it through twice.

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Old 01-09-2007, 07:44 PM   #2
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A food processor would work fine....I'd add a dash of water or stock at the end to assist in the consistency.

A blender would never work because the blade is too small at the bottom of a narrow space. A food processor gives you a much larger blade with a bigger work surface.

I do think the addition of liquid at the end will yield the results you desire.
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Old 01-09-2007, 07:54 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by ntbsnthlrchn
I asked something similar to this around here before, but I havenít found a satisfactory solution yet. I need to grind something as thick as ground beefabout as fine as peanut butter.I just busted my blender again, for good this time I think. Will a peanut butter mill do that, or will it clog?Would a better blender work? I can get one like this http://cgi.ebay.ca/KITCHENAID-Ultra-Power-5-Speed-Blender-Onyx-Black_W0QQitemZ280065890848QQihZ018QQcategoryZ2066 8QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem for 169$ locally.I donít think Iíd be able to afford a food processor that could handle it.. At least the ones Iív seen around here are too flimsy or too expensive.Iíve heard suggestion of a meat grinder but I donít think thereís any way that would grind finely enough, even putting it through twice.
Make sure all the beef is separated, add water to the processor, and add the beef to it slowly.
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:03 PM   #4
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Well you don't actually tell us what it is that you are grinding. It may help to know that.
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GB - I would venture to say that he is still trying to make this to take on a hiking/ski/camping type trip. He's trying to combine everything into one thing when it comes into food.

I'd say a food processor will be your best bet. I still don't understand why you aren't happy with another source of protein.
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:21 PM   #6
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GB and elf something is going on here I don't understand. But that is nothing surprising.

Agree GB. have no idea what the question is.
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:58 PM   #7
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Well, ntbsnthlrchn - your question has been answered in every thread you have started ... based on the information you have provided. But, I'll try to make one more attempt to answer all of your questions in general:

If you want to grind nuts into "butter" - then get a nut grinder/mill. No - a flour mill and a nut mill are NOT the same!

If you want to grind several things into a fine "mush" - get either a meat grinder with a "Fine" plate and blades - and run your mix through several times ... OR ... use a Food Processor.

A typical home "Food Blender" (has blades in the bottom of a tapered cylindrical container) is intended for soft very liquid foods - think in terms of pureeing an already cooked soup or something like a malted-milk drink (like a chocolate malt). If you have a commercial "fountain" style blender it "might" work to a degree ... but still not as well as a food processor. Yes, a blender will (depending on the make/model) crush ice for drinks - but they require a lot of liquid to do it.
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Old 01-10-2007, 08:22 AM   #8
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How much would a suitable food processor cost? A blender was doing it BTW, it wasn't a flow problem.... then I got all ambitious and tried a double batch.... just the motor didn't provide enough torque. It was a 450 bottom of the line job. A "crushmaster".
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Old 01-10-2007, 09:04 AM   #9
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Would you please answer GB's question and tell us what, exactly, you need to grind?
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:42 AM   #10
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Would you please answer GB's question and tell us what, exactly, you need to grind?
Well, if you must know
27 oz 776g (before cooking) 15% grgound beef (cooked)
94.25 g (that's about 3.3 oz) of skim milk powder
3.92 oz trail mix
1.94 cup or about 1.94 oz spinach
0.5 cups water for grinding purposes can be up to 2 cups

or I could cut it into a half-batch
But don't go suggesting alternatives.

BTW for all you naysayers - I did succeed in making a nutritionally complete stew, but it was hard to digest.... tasted good, though. And I think the psycological aspect of not eating any solid food was not acceptable, either (I ate it for 4 days...). But I still think it would be cool, so I'm shooting for a soylent-green type stuff. Leave out the spinach and it actually tastes pretty good, I succeeded in making one batch before my blender broke.
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