23 January 2012


we received a meat grinder for xmas (this one) and last night made some sausages!

the recipe was for a Romanian Jewish beef sausage. we had most stuff on hand, except beef suet, so we used lamb suet instead. and guess what -- it tastes like gyros. really tasty gyros.

no casings on our first try, we made patties and rolled up a few, seen in the photo.

only one mishap, seems the forward/reverse buttons on the grinder were wired up backwards. took me a few minutes to figure out why i couldn't get anything through it. once that was sussed out, the grind went very well. i'm happy with performance of the machine.

as the reverse switch is momentary, i did get an RMA for this one, and a replacement machine is on its way. hopefully that one will work as expected.


Ame said...

yum. yum. yum.

pyker said...


JustJoeP said...

I am curious where the Kitchener is manufactured? I suspect China, since much of NorthernTool's inventory is Chinese sourced. When I lived in SC there was a NT store very near to my work place & son's day care where we used to shop for cheap stuff (unique hand tools, bungee cords, and such) frequently.

While I hope the replacement provides you with years of delicious protein grinding, I fear it may not survive through more than one Presidential election cycle if used frequently.

zim said...

though the housing is cheap plastic (for $99, corners had to be cut somewhere), i feel the motor and gears are where they put the effort. i think it will last for a while.

i was looking at the kitchenaid attachment set (which is more than this grinder); read a lot of stuff online that the set used to be great, but what's manufactured now is junk.

read lots of amazon reviews of various models, almost pulled the trigger on LEM, but read that some of the "business parts" were plastic.

i'll have the replacement this weekend, see if things are sorted.

zim said...

replacement arrived, delighted that it works in the correct direction.

JustJoeP said...

I am very happy your replacement works well. If it experiences a sub-par MTBF, and it is out of warranty, hold onto it if you can. I'd seriously love disassembling it, and determining what lead to the root cause of the failure the next time I am in the Windy City. (I am weird like that)

Rick said...

Next week on: The Kitchen Gadget Detectives -- Forensic engineer Joe Pawlowski determines why a sausage grinder failed.

The Kitchen Gadget Detectives -- a new reality series from The Food Network. Sundays at 8:30 ET.