Do you know the most interesting fact about the meat grinder?
Meat grinder was invented by a politician!
But why the heck a politician had such interest in inventing a meat grinder?
Well, probably Karl Daris who is also a German revolutionist had foreseen the need of a meat grinder in our life.
Only a user of a meat grinder will know the eternal peace of feeding his family hygienic burgers and meatballs than the carcinogenic unhealthy processed foods.
Although I know most of the users of meat grinders have the common question in mind, ‘How to clean a meat grinder and take a good care of it?’
Let me assure you that this is certainly not an uphill task to perform. Cleaning a meat grinder involves some simple procedure and techniques.
Before start cleaning or the taking care process you need to know your meat grinder a bit well.
A Simple Grinding Technique That All Meat Grinders Have:
All of the meat grinders from commercial series to those which are used in kitchens have a simple grinding technique.
At first, when you put meat pieces on the grinding tray and start pushing them into the auger through the stomper, the auger pulls the meat inside and slowly transfers the meat into the blade.
After that, the blade cuts the meat into smaller pieces and let it pass through the plate and finally the ground meat comes out through the output.
For more details on the grinding technique, you can read this article.
So naturally after grinding meat, your grinder will have some meat in store with it. To clean the meat out of the grinder you may want to use water and soap.
Or another thing may be run into your mind, is that to place the parts or the entire grinder under the dripping tap.
Truly speaking this idea of yours is really going to cut the lifespan of your grinder.
Want to know why? Read through..
First of all the extra meat will be wasted if you wash the unit with water and soap. Also, some of the parts of the grinders are really sensitive.
You don’t want to rust or damage them by placing the parts under a dripping tap. Do you?
How To Clean A Meat Grinder Exactly After The Grinding Process?
After grinding meat or any kind of food, some of the left-over of the ground food remain in the grinder.
If you clean them with soap and water they will get wasted.
So, instead of doing that, you need to run some slices of bread in the grinder and you can clearly see that the remaining ground meat will come out of the grinder.
This is how you must clean your grinder exactly after grinding process and prepare it for further cleaning.
Washing The Grinder Carefully:
Things you will need:
- A piece of cotton cloth.
- Mild soap or detergent.
- Luke warm water.
Washing the grinder with your hand is the best idea as most of the parts like the blades, plates, bearings are very sensitive and if taken improper care then I am afraid your grinder will not last longer.
Also if your grinder is made of cast-iron then using a dishwasher is out of the question.
In case, your manufacturer has said that the unit is dishwasher safe, despite that you must wash it with your hands carefully.
For the cleaning process use a mild soap or detergent and Luke-warm water.
After disassembling the parts of the meat grinder clean them by applying soap in a piece of cotton cloth and then wash them thoroughly with warm water.
Make sure there is no soap left in them. Consider taking extra care while cleaning the main unit.
Storing The Meat Grinder For Future Use:
Things you will need:
- Dry towel
- Zip-top bag.
- Plastic Storage Container
After washing the meat grinder you have to dry all the parts thoroughly.
To do that use a dry towel and soak all the excess water from the parts as air-drying the parts will lead them to catch corrosion.
Separately now store the parts of the grinder in a Zip-top bag, and place the entire unit in a plastic storage container.
Also keep a handful of rice in the storage container as the rice will soak if any moisture remains in the package.
This will avoid rusting your grinder.
By applying this method each time while storing the grinder until the next use, you ensure that your meat grinder will no doubt last longer.
Sterilizing The Meat Grinder Before Use:
Things you will need:
- Bowl with a lid.
- Gas stove
Taking a good care of your grinder will certainly make it more durable, but before using it again, sterilizing the unit will ensure the high quality of your food.
To make sure the parts of the grinder that are touching your meat is safe from germs you need to sterilize them.
After cleaning them with water, take a big bowl and fill it up with water.
Then put the metal parts like the blade and plates in the bowl. Ensure all the parts are submerged into the water, and then cover the bowl with the lid.
Put on the stove and place the bowl. Let the water boil for 15 minutes. After that cool down the metals in the room temperature and use it immediately.
Bottom line: I usually see people panicking around and questioning ‘How to clean a meat grinder?’, though the cleaning procedure is not a heavy task. One just needs the patience to complete the entire task as no doubt a durable meat grinder is one of the important reasons for your family’s good health.