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Old 03-16-2015, 12:23 PM   #11
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I note that this is an old thread, but just signed up and figure I might as well throw in my two bits.

Five bucks for the KitchenAid pasta set?! You killed with that one - I thought I did well at $24 in the thrift shop (okay, I did... it's a $250 set new). I really like mine, and I don't have any problem with the height. We've mostly used it for rolling the noodle sheets for ravioli, not so much the cutters, but they work fine too.

Their ravioli attachment looks like the stupidest idea yet, though: it doesn't take power from the mixer - you have to crank it. The mixer just serves as a stand (in this case way too high, I think), so I think you'd really have to be an idiot to spend another $250 or so on it.

Since gadzooks mentioned the grinder/stuffer... I finally got one of those as well. Bought a Cuisinart grinder/stuffer (I don't have a Cuisinart mixer) at the thrift shop for $5, sold it on kijiji for $50, and gave the $50 to someone else on kijiji a couple of weeks later for the KitchenAid set. To date I've only used it once for making some pork sausage, and it didn't work well. The cutter blade and plate are light and cheap, unlike the heavy-duty cast and machined cutters and plates typical of old crank grinders, and it wasn't good at feeding the fairly stringy raw pork cut I was using. Will have to work with it some more, but so far I'm not impressed and happy I only spent a fiver on it.
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:51 PM   #12
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I note that this is an old thread, but just signed up and figure I might as well throw in my two bits.

Five bucks for the KitchenAid pasta set?! You killed with that one - I thought I did well at $24 in the thrift shop (okay, I did... it's a $250 set new). I really like mine, and I don't have any problem with the height. We've mostly used it for rolling the noodle sheets for ravioli, not so much the cutters, but they work fine too.

Their ravioli attachment looks like the stupidest idea yet, though: it doesn't take power from the mixer - you have to crank it. The mixer just serves as a stand (in this case way too high, I think), so I think you'd really have to be an idiot to spend another $250 or so on it.

Since gadzooks mentioned the grinder/stuffer... I finally got one of those as well. Bought a Cuisinart grinder/stuffer (I don't have a Cuisinart mixer) at the thrift shop for $5, sold it on kijiji for $50, and gave the $50 to someone else on kijiji a couple of weeks later for the KitchenAid set. To date I've only used it once for making some pork sausage, and it didn't work well. The cutter blade and plate are light and cheap, unlike the heavy-duty cast and machined cutters and plates typical of old crank grinders, and it wasn't good at feeding the fairly stringy raw pork cut I was using. Will have to work with it some more, but so far I'm not impressed and happy I only spent a fiver on it.
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Amazon also offers it. Much better than the originals, but nowhere near as good as the LEM stand alone grinders.
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Old 03-16-2015, 03:14 PM   #13
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Ah, very interesting. Thanks for the lead.

I'm sure they'll improve its performance, but I think a lot of the trouble I had with it is just in the auger design. When I was stuffing the sausages it just wouldn't feed the (already ground) meat with any pressure. Struck me as odd, and I want to make another batch with another meat to see whether it was some weird effect of the mix I was using or actually a design weakness.
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Old 03-16-2015, 03:27 PM   #14
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Ah, very interesting. Thanks for the lead.

I'm sure they'll improve its performance, but I think a lot of the trouble I had with it is just in the auger design. When I was stuffing the sausages it just wouldn't feed the (already ground) meat with any pressure. Struck me as odd, and I want to make another batch with another meat to see whether it was some weird effect of the mix I was using or actually a design weakness.
Did it not come with a "pusher" for the feed tube? Our kit did. You must force feed the auger, when grinding and stuffing. I have to do that with the LEM to grind. I got a 5# stuffer that works like a dream
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Old 03-16-2015, 03:41 PM   #15
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Yes, I got the pusher with the kit. I felt that I had to force the mix down into the auger a lot harder than I should have. And when I pulled the pusher back out to feed another handful in, the suction made it really hard to withdraw and tended to pull the meat back up the feed tube. Overall, a pretty nasty experience when compared with the performance of my old cast iron crank grinders. There I drop the meat in and the auger forces it through efficiently with very little - if any - pressure from the feed end.

p.s. As an engineer, I tend to be kinda analytical about these things and unforgiving of bad design.
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:07 PM   #16
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Interesting - I didn't expect that a standalone grinder would be so cheap, but the low-end Lem doesn't sell for much more than this KA kit. I think I can see why you have push with it, though: the auger path from feed tube to plate looks awfully short. I've never studied auger design, but it seems pretty obvious that the longer that path, the more pressure it's going to be able to create (and thus more suction at the feed end, meaning less pushing).
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We made the mistake of attempting to stuff sausage with the cutting blade in place. We learned quickly that doesn't work.
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Old 03-17-2015, 06:58 PM   #18
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The KA food grinder I have is the older, cast aluminum and steel model, and I have never had a problem with it. I don't think I would buy one of the new plastic ones.
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The KA food grinder I have is the older, cast aluminum and steel model, and I have never had a problem with it. I don't think I would buy one of the new plastic ones.
Mine's the plastic one. Now I know what to be on the lookout for. Thanks.
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Late to the conversation but I have both the pasta and the sausage attachments for my kitchen aid pro. I used the pasta a lot when I first got it but now every few months. Works like a dream.

I got the sausage thing for my partner ( no pun intended) so I don't know much about it.
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