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Post Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:48 pm
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I am looking at electric meat grinders so I can try my hand at homemade italian sausage, bratwurst, breakfast sausage and maybe if I get brave salami.

I am looking at the sunmile 3.8 8# grinder on amazon for around 79.98 and comes with 3 grinding plates and 2 sausage tubes. My question is this... Is this a pretty good grinder or which one do you recommend that stays under a 70-100.00 budget?
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Post Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:36 pm
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Do you mean the 1.3HP #8? I would be wary of anything that did not have any reviews. Most people go with LEM or Kitchener. I got the Kitchener and am happy with it.

Post Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:46 pm
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Griffin wrote:
Do you mean the 1.3HP #8? I would be wary of anything that did not have any reviews. Most people go with LEM or Kitchener. I got the Kitchener and am happy with it.


Yes the 1.3 hp one that you said, how good is the LEM one because I think they had that one also but not sure how much it was.
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Post Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:56 pm
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People seem to like it.

Post Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:04 pm
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Went back and looked at the LEM grinder and it is around 88.00 which isnt too bad as long as I am getting a good unit.
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Post Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:23 pm
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Yeah, very similar to mine.

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You should be happy with it. It isn't industrial by any means, but for small batches should work out fine. We stuffed 5 lbs in no time flat. Will be faster next time when we know what we are doing.

Post Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:30 pm
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Sounds like a.pretty good deal, that will probably be the one I go with.
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Post Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:32 pm
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The reason most beginner sausage makers quit is without good equipment it's a PITA.
The main problem is a bad stuffer,
You can live with a bad grinder, but trying to stuff with a cheap grinder is horrible.
A decent 5 lb VERTICAL stuffer (grizzly) about $80
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Post Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:35 am
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I ended up ordering the LEM 575 watt grinder on amazon for 88.95 and also some pork casings for italian sausage, bratwurst. Estimated delivery Feb 22 so next weekend may be making homemade italian sausages.
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Post Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:53 am
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Is the Kitchen Aid mixer attachment any good?
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Post Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:43 pm
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NO! Stay away from it.

Post Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:59 pm
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Griffin wrote:
NO! Stay away from it.


Was that response for me regarding the lem grinder or to rhino concerning the kitchaid mixer attachment?
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Post Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:38 pm
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I will put in my 2 cents regarding the Kitchen Aid which I currently am using.

The Kitchen aid meat grinder attachment works fine as a "grinder" in my opinion. I have had excellent results grinding meat and love to make my own blends for burgers.

Agree with above comments that "grinders" ARE NOT "stuffers". The kitchen aid attachment is not a good stuffer as the feeding mechanism is not smooth and you need minimum of 2 people to even keep it going and filling casings is really inconsistent. This is so frustrating that after my 1 attempt at using casings with the kitchenaid, I have made sausage recipes and just made patties. (I made some excellent sage breakfast sausage patties and froze them on wax paper then food savered them in portions)

I would definately buy a dedicated "stuffer" in the future if I decide to do more stuffing into casings. Unless you are into industrial proportions, looks like the hand powered stuffers are the way to go.

Post Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:56 pm
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I use the KitchenAide attachment. Works well for me. Of course, I haven't tried stuffing really large batches....only 10 lbs or less at once. It helps if the meat is cold when you do the stuffing. Comes out nice and even with no hassle.
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Post Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:47 am
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jhumpert wrote:
Griffin wrote:
NO! Stay away from it.


Was that response for me regarding the lem grinder or to rhino concerning the kitchaid mixer attachment?


In response to the KA attachment. While I have not used it, all I've ever heard is negative comments about it.

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