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Old 02-06-2007, 01:15 PM   #21
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I really think things used to be made MUCH better. I know that's a DUH statement. I understand the cost cutting to cut down on the price of things but I'd rather pay something over and above to get a big heavy motor that lasts and does everything the machine is SUPPOSED to be designed to do.

I used my KA last night and low and behold the very highest speed and the next speed down are now one-in-the-same No variance anymore. Mine is only about 5 years old.
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Old 02-06-2007, 02:43 PM   #22
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Yeah Corey,
That's a bummer. The last time that I ground venison and pork shoulder for sausage, (about 10 lbs total) I noticed oil dripping from the power attachment port. It didn't damage my machine, but I haven't used the grinding attachment since
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Old 02-06-2007, 07:01 PM   #23
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I think I remember you talking about that a while back.

I could still buy a grinder attachment for the Electrolux Assistant, but now I shudder to think or imagine that the same thing might happen again, but with THAT machine!

I'll just haul out the food processor for that task for now, unless an electric grinder catches my eye.
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Old 02-07-2007, 07:31 AM   #24
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The grinder for the Electrolux Assistant is too expensive. I still might get one though.

I'm also looking into possibly getting a Waring. They have two models out.

AND ALL THREE HOPPERS ARE MADE FROM DIECAST METAL. No plastic, except maybe for the food tray that sits on top of the hopper.
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Old 02-07-2007, 08:18 AM   #25
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How about a purpose-built grinder rather than an attachment? It might work out more expensive but a specialist item built for a single job ought to be more efficient and effective.

Good luck.
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Old 02-07-2007, 09:43 AM   #26
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You mean a unit just for that purpose and nothing else? That's what I was talking about.

A separate grinder with its own motor. Cooking.com has three Waring models and an industrial-type one, but that one costs $500.00 or more, so one of the three Waring units should do nicely.

But I'm forced to wait for a new debit card, since the bank canceled my old one on account TJX's computer system was hacked and customers' valuable personal info from it was stolen. Unfortunately, I used the card several times at TJ Max last year! I'm NEVER shopping THERE again!!
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Old 02-08-2007, 03:43 PM   #27
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I don't have the KA meat grinder attachment (just seems too much effort to clean, and I have a real, honest to goodness butcher shop that I go to that's more than happy to grind anything I ask for), but I think even in absence of that I'd roll the dice on the KA grinder rather than use a food processor.

I used my processor to grind meat a couple of times, and it's never been pretty. Once when i was making gyros, I threw already ground lamb meat in there with some other stuff to combine it all...all it did was mangle the meat and turn it into this glob. Had a funky texture and just didn't taste right since the add-ons weren't distributed properly.

The other time was when I was taking a chuck roast and trying to ground it up for burgers. Same deal--ended up with this messy goo that had a bad texture. Food processors + meat = losing combination.
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Old 02-08-2007, 04:16 PM   #28
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I know Corey is the king of all things in the appliance world and wouldn't mind getting a stand alone grinder or a duplicate of something else, but I would certainly be caught 1) using the grinder I have on the old KA, or 2) getting one that fits on the lip of the counter. But first, I would have to need it a WHOLE lot. Corey, what's wrong with using it on the old KA?
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:26 PM   #29
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Candocook,

Actually, I DID end up using it on the older K'Aid mixer to finish the job.

And even though it seemed to work well on that one, I STILL don't feel comfortable with it, and since it damaged one mixer, who's to definitely say that it won't happen again?

Poppinfresh,

That was about the only thing good about the grinder. It was EASY to clean.
Nevertheless, it's going back.

Are you using the pulse button when chopping meat in the food processor? This is what helps you to determine how coarse or fine you want the meat.
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Old 02-10-2007, 08:32 PM   #30
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Here's a pic of the ELECTRIC grinder that I'm contemplating getting. It looks really sturdy and has 3 reviews on it from satisfied customers;

Waring Professional Electric Meat Grinder - Cooking.com.


There IS however, one more Waring model above this one that has a rubber seal to help prevent the backup and leakage of liquids from raw meat into the motor. I think I'll get THAT ONE instead for the extra protection of the inner workings of the unit.

And BTW, the K'Aid Stand Mixer that was seemingly damaged, seems to have repaired itself miraculously!! Guess it dried up and the motor and transmission seem to be back up to full power on the highest speed setting.

I didn't hear any funny noises or laboring, and I've been testing it empty off and on since yesterday evening. Might not have to send it out for repair work after all!!
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