|Really Old Meat Grinder (Shaun-ta's grandparent's)|
I propose an alternative; grind your own.
|Beef Chuck Roast|
I like the flavor and texture of ground chuck the best. I picked up a good and reasonable fatty chuck roast. The cost was the same as the ground 80/20 chuck down the line at the grocery store. So for the same price and a little bit of effort I made my own ground chuck, with no pink slime, and it is made from only one animal not bits from hundreds or thousands of animals.
|Home Ground Chuck|
So grinding the chuck went pretty well, no real problems. I cut the roast into large chunks. With this old grinder I had trouble keeping it attached to my counter-top, I feared damaging the counter. I think next time I will attach it to another table. I would recommend placing something under the grinder on the floor to catch any drippings. I didn't and it made a little bit of a mess. I cleaned it up with our All Purpose Cleaner.
|Three pounds of ground chuck|
I expect that when we can, Shaun-ta' and I will pickup an electric meat grinderor an attachment that we can add to our Stand-Mixer. Grinding these three pounds of chuck was not bad, though if I had 20+ pounds to do I would probably prefer an electric grinder.
All in all it is worth it and a basic hand grinder like I used can be bought for only about $20.
Give grinding your own meat a try, you gain the knowledge of how to do it, what is in you meat, and also gives you the ability to make your own sausage or meat blends. Most of these grinders also work well on veggies and fruit.