Although the name implies grinders are only for meat, there are a variety of other uses that will make you wonder how you ever lived without one. If you have a stand mixer, many have a meat grinder attachment that you can add. You might also be able to use your food processor for some grinding tasks.
It's difficult to find reviews of meat grinders -- most people today seem to prefer multi-function appliances like food processors. Based on the limited number of reviews on Amazon.com, the Waring Pro MG-800 and the VillaWare V5265-05 seem to be favorites. The Waring received an average of 4 stars from 8 reviewers; the VillaWare averaged 3.5 stars from 15 reviewers. Epinions has very few reviews, none of which are for these models. Since the most reviewed model on Epinions only received four reviews, those results are not included here.
Why Not Buy Pre-Ground Meat?
It is cheaper and healthier to make your own sausage, spreads, and pates, since you are in complete control of what goes into them. You also know exactly what else has been through the grinder, how clean it is, and how long it has been sitting since it was ground. You can also customize your food. If you can't find the ground sirloin you want, make your own! Got 60 pounds of elk in the freezer? Time for a sausage-making weekend.
What Can''' You Grind?'''
'''Fine Grind Setting'''
* Baby food
* Ground meats for hamburgers and sausages.
'''Coarse Grind Setting'''
* Beef for chili
* Bread crumbs