Showing posts with label manual meat grinder. Show all posts
Showing posts with label manual meat grinder. Show all posts

Monday, January 26, 2015

Manual Meat Grinder -- Making Raw Cat Food

After discovering raw cat food diets, my biggest concern was meat grinding. I was sure there was a way around it and that in fact I don't need to buy a grinder and grind meat. But I was wrong. I quickly learned the importance and necessity of bone in a cat's diet. So I then started researching grinders. Ehhh, the thought of buying a large expensive grinder was not attractive to me. As I am 90% vegetarian the whole process was not appealing.

Many people use the Tasin TS8 Electric Meat Grinder and swear by it for making raw cat food. It is about 8 kilo or 15lbs and sells for $150 on  And if I lived in the US I probably would have bought it due to the great reviews I read. But I don't, I live in Europe and do not have a huge kitchen, the correct voltage and of course there is the shipping expense. I started looking at local shops and online for grinders but I could not find anything even close to the Tasin grinder. I knew I wasn't going to buy any expensive grinder not designed for bones and then have it break. Then one day I was in a Swiss Army surplus store and saw a manual meat grinder for $25.  Obviously it is not designed to grind bones but I didn't care, for that price it was worth the try.

And it worked! It of course takes a bit of muscle to use. But my husband and I made our first batch of  3 kilo consisting of chicken thighs and chicken organs in 2 hours including clean up. Doing it alone would have been very difficult due to the clamp.  It was necessary for one person to grind while the other held the machine and inserted the meat. And it did move quite a bit which was difficult at times. After 3 months of use (3x),  I decided we needed to upgrade and get something without a clamp.

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