Confused with the three grinding plates you got with your new grinder?
You are not alone.
Many are there like you, do not even know how to use the grinder and what the grinding plates with different holes for.
Using a meat grinder is not at all difficult; though seem a bit confusing for the first timers.
But once you start to grab the basics, you will be a pro, soon.
In case you have only two grinding plates, do not panic. It depends on the model you have chosen. Two grinding plates are enough for normal grinding needs.
Though for the restaurant owners three grinding plates will be appropriate and also for the home users who want to grind food for varied types of recipes.
Before going to the usage of the plates, you need to know how a grinder works. Otherwise knowing only the utility of the plates will be baseless, as they are linked with each other.
How Does Your Meat Mincer and Plates Work?
Grinders run on a simple mechanism. Obviously, to make out the process there is no need to become an engineer or a technician.
Just start with disassembling the grinder. In case your grinder has just arrived or delivered then probably the parts are already disassembled.
Now examine the key parts and their function.
- First one is the stomper or pusher. The stomper or pusher is for pushing the food into the grinding body or hopper.
- The grinding body works as the medium to send the food into the next section.
- While pushing the food by the stomper, the food passes through the grinding body to the auger or horizontal screw conveyor.
- Now the auger will push the food further into the next segment which is the blade of the grinder. If your grinder is a hand cranked one then with each hand crank the food will be pushed down in the blade.
- As the electric grinders are powered by heavy duty motor, the grinding becomes faster. When you start the motor by switching on the electricity, the auger pushes the food in the blade. The blade cut the food into pieces.
- After that, the food goes to the plates and ground food comes out in the form of smaller pieces.
This is the basic outline of the mechanism through which your food grinder works. Now let’s understand the mechanism or utility of the 3 different plates.
3 Different Grinding Plates And Their Usages:
The top meat grinders or food grinders usually have three separate plates available with them. Some of the manufacturers though offer only two plates. All of the plates have different sized holes.
Each of them is used for different grinding requirements. Usually, the three different sized holes that come with the grinding plates are used for three types of grinding-
- First Grind
Also, medium and stuffing plates are available with some meat grinders. Medium plates are generally come instead of the first grind ones. Clearly while stuffing sausages you need to use the stuffing plate.
Notably, it depends on the manufacturer which sizes of the holes are available in your grinding plates. Below mentioned sizes are available in the market largely.
- 3 mm or 1/8 inches for fine grinding.
- 5 mm or 3/16 inches or coarse grinding.
- 6 mm or ¼ inches for coarse grinding.
- 10 mm or 3/8 inches for first or medium grinding.
- 12 inches or ½ inches for first or medium grinding.
When the crushed food from the blade reach the plate, depending on the size of the hole it gets smashed and come into smaller pieces from the grinder.
If you want fine grinding for any particular dish such as sausages then always start from the coarse grinding then lastly the fine grinding plate. It will make your meat smoother.
Choosing the plate for your grinding need is crucial. Depending on the recipe and the quality of your ground food, you can use any of the blades.
Some of the meat grinders have a reverse switch, which helps you to run the meat or food again through the plate so that you can get finer ground.
First grind plates: Aare mainly used for Chili, Chorizo, Linguica.
Coarse grind plates: Are for coarse sausages like Salami, Pepperoni, Snack stick, Summer, Regular sausages including Polish, German, breakfast and coarse Hamburger.
Fine grind plates: Are for Hot dogs, Jerky, Bologna and Hamburger.
Grinding plates are very much essential for our every day grinding needs. If you know the correct usages of these plates then you will encounter the best grinding experience.
In case after reading this you are wondering that may be having 3 grinding plates will be a great help then no need to worry as grinding plates are sold separately.
Though before buying a grinding plate ensure it is from your manufacturer and made of stainless steel so that it properly fits your grinder and also your food must stay safe from any contamination.