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Old 02-05-2007, 06:28 PM   #11
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I have used my grinder attachment for meat many times (I grind the little part that pulls away from a whole tenderloin many times to make "hamburger").

I LOVE to make gazpacho with the food grinder attachment too.

To clean it after you grind the meat just run a few slices of bread through it to push the meat out. Soak it and the bread will then come out easily.

Corey, did you shove too much meat down it, therefore causing the strain?
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Old 02-06-2007, 12:14 AM   #12
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I have used my grinder attachment for meat many times (I grind the little part that pulls away from a whole tenderloin many times to make "hamburger").

I LOVE to make gazpacho with the food grinder attachment too.

To clean it after you grind the meat just run a few slices of bread through it to push the meat out. Soak it and the bread will then come out easily.

Corey, did you shove too much meat down it, therefore causing the strain?


No. After each piece of meat, I waited first for it to finish being processed.

I cut the meat in strips as per the manual's suggestions. And yes, I DID run a half slice of bread through it to get the last part of the meat out.

Again, it seemed to work well with the smaller 20-year-old K45SS mixer. I was going to use the food processor to finish the job, but I got out the smaller mixer instead, since the grinder was already used and was still dirty from the first half of the meat.

I just don't want to ruin THIS ONE, hence the reason to send it back.
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Old 02-06-2007, 04:39 AM   #13
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What speed did you use?
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Old 02-06-2007, 07:44 AM   #14
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Speed 4, as the manual suggests.
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Old 02-06-2007, 08:13 AM   #15
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The old adage they don't make 'em like they used to is really true for Kitchenaid mixers. In the mid-80s, Whirlpool bought Kitchenaid from Hobart (the original manufacturer). Since then, there have been continuous reports of problems with many Kitchenaid models.

I have 2 KA mixers, both by Hobart (K5A and K5SS), along with numerous attachments, most of which are also from the Hobart era. The two attachments that put the heaviest load on the mixer are the grain mill and meat grinder. Both have seen frequent use for 30 years and I have never had a problem.

I have noticed that, over time, the attachments also have declined in quality (particularly noticeable in the meat grinder - the Whirlpool model is significantly lighter and less sturdy than the older Hobart-era one). The newer stainless steel bowls, though they look identical to the older ones, have also gotten lighter.

About 1-1/2 years ago, both my mixers were completely reconditioned at an authorized KA service center. The store owner wanted to buy my broken K5A model! He said that small businesses (like a restaurant or small bakery) often come to him seeking the Hobart KA models so there is always a market for them, regardless of condition. He said that once Whirlpool acquired KA, the quality of KA mixers significantly declined.

If I were in the market for a Kitchenaid mixer today, I'd get one of the earlier models that were manufactured by Hobart (they appear on eBay at times) rather than buy new.
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Old 02-06-2007, 08:36 AM   #16
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Nufsed did that. He's even repainted it to give it a fresh new look!

Yes, I, also, feel the same way about K'Aid products. It seems that the quality just isn't there like it was when Hobart had the division.

But my K'Aid mixer probaly never would have failed had I not used the ill-fated grinder attachment! As far as I'm concerned, that accessory is now a debacle with me, as I will never use it again.

And yes, you're so right about the K'Aid Stand Mixers that were made during the Hobart era! My 20-year-old K45SS Stand Mixer, which I will NEVER part with, seemed to handle the grinder task fairly well, vs. the Whirlpool-made K5SSHW! But yet and still, I'm not using the grinder any more.

The guy that I spoke to on the phone yesterday morning, said that I'd be better off getting a separate electric grinder, such as a Waring or something.

Incidently, I DID buy a separate electric grain mill. So I imagine that a grinder would hurt. My Electrolux Assistant can also use a grinder as an accessory.
But for now, the food processor is the next best thing!
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Old 02-06-2007, 09:31 AM   #17
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...my K'Aid mixer probaly never would have failed had I not used the ill-fated grinder attachment! As far as I'm concerned, that accessory is now a debacle with me, as I will never use it again...The guy that I spoke to on the phone yesterday morning, said that I'd be better off getting a separate electric grinder
You use a KA attachment on a KA mixer according to instructions. Your mixer breaks. Though they haven't actually looked at the mixer yet, the KA service center tells you that this KA attachment is so poorly designed it damages their mixer. You are out the cost of the attachment (at a minimum).

Sounds similar to this post - Kitchenaid Let Down by Crusty Old Crumb

Geeeez - what does this say about the quality of Whirlpool/KA mixers, attachments and customer service?
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Old 02-06-2007, 09:43 AM   #18
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I think this really needs to be addressed by the KA corporation. And I grew up in the town where it is and know/knew all the executives--before it was bought, first by Dart andKraft, and then by Whirlpool. I truly would write a letter to the president, with a copy of this thread and the other one.
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Old 02-06-2007, 09:54 AM   #19
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I was thinking about getting the grinder attachment for my KA mixer but will continue to use my grandma's ancient hand crank grinder. It does what I need and I don't want to ruin my mixer.
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Old 02-06-2007, 01:05 PM   #20
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I purchased a cheap meat grinder curing the holidays and have used it several times, with some pretty difficult meat. It isn't the fastest grinder on the planet, but it is much faster than my hand-crank model. And, it's very easy to assemple, take apart, and clean. And for around $20, I can't complain about the price. It does the job and has to grinder disks, one for coarse, and one for medium grind. It also comes with a sasage stuffing attachement.

I have an ancient Montgomery Wards brand stand mixer that has a grinding attachment. It works, but is easily bogged down by grinding. The motor gets very hot, but hasn't failed yet. But I worry about it and so purchased the meat grinder. So far, so good.

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