Rated 3 out of 5 by S&G Room for improvement
I have used this attachment for over a year. I haven't experienced any of the issues posted by other reviewers (i.e. metal shavings on the meat, oil residues, etc.). Several design flaws as with other KA attachments: The hooper could be certainly bigger and a food tray should be default with the grinder (instead of having to buy an additional accessory). The plastic pusher is probably one of the worst ideas. It is basically a thin stick with a plate at the end. Instead of properly pushing the meat downwards sends small pieces back up when you push! This becomes worst if you try to pass the grounded meat for second time through the grinder to achieve a very thin grind. A full cylinder fitting inside the feeding tube would have been a much better option. All plastic construction is not my preferred material, particularly for handling meat, however it does the job. Since the grinder is a mono-piece, cleaning the inner parts properly is not very easy.
May 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by bartmas Easy to use Easy to Clean
I have been using the meat grinder for two years and LOVE it. Take your time. I buy a sirloin roast, chuck roast, and either Tri tip or beef short ribs and grind them and use this mix for burgers .etc.. Cut the meat into chunks then feed it through the grinder. I typically stop after each roast,take off the blade and clean off the disc because you get a fat bulid up..this takes seconds to do. Once I am done i often switch to the smaller hole disc and grind it for a second time. When finished, take off the front, remove any discs and wash in hot soapy water. Tap the metal part sticking out on the grinder and it pops right out for cleaning. You can clean this by hand with a bottle brush or put it in a top rack in your dishwasher.It literally takes minutes to clean it.When it's dry, assemble it, and store it for the next time. Your meat smells and tastes much fresher than prepackaged meats. Love this attachment and I use mine at least two to four times a month.
March 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dianna hesitant but happy
I was hesitant to buy this based on the reviews I read but I'm glad it was the only one available. I attached my grinder to the kitchen aide and lo and behold got exactly what I'd read...meat squishing out all over the place. It just didn't make sense to me so I took the time to look at the pamphlet and realized the attachment has both grinding attachments attached and screwed on when you take it out of the box. Hmmmm...so I unscrewed the connection and took out one of the two grinding plates; reattached it and it works like a charm. Already ground fresh burger and marinated pork to make egg rolls. Recommend you put a note in there to check and remove one of the grinder plates!
July 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Just a Guy in the Kitchen Great for what I do.
I have had this food grinder for several years and use it constantly. I use it to grind the cooked vegetables when I make my own salsa (tomatoes, onions, garlic, hot peppers). I bake the vegetables and then run them through the coarse grinder to get a chunky but consistent consistency. I could easily put them in a food processor or blender, but prefer the chunkiness from the bigger grinder die than the smoothness from a blender or processor. This thing works perfectly and consistently and always gives great results. The only issue I have had with it are that pressing the juicy vegetables down the chute with the wooden press will occasionally put too much pressure and cause the ground veges to squirt out the die & beyond the bowl or to squirt back up the food chute - but I attribute this to my over-pressing the food to speed up the process. Simply turning up the speed does a better job of grinding quicker. Let me add this disclaimer: I do not grind meat with it. I don't grind venison, boar, or even beef for burgers or chili. But, for my use in grinding vegetables, this does a perfect job every time.
May 15, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Kari Poor quality
I received this about 10 years ago as a wedding gift. I was looking forward to grinding my own meat at home without purchasing a whole other appliance to do so. Well I only used it a a dozen of times, if that, over the past decade the housing cracked. It's made of thin plastic which just can't hold up to the stresses of grinding meat. Overall it was easy to use and clean, just disappointed in the quality.
July 17, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by AG Black meat and sludge
I bought the meat grinder along with the shredder and the citrus juicer probably about a year and a half ago and am just now getting around to trying out the meat grinder. I'm very frustrated that I spent so much money on it because after about a minute of grinding, black pieces of meat starting coming out. I took it apart to find that a meat had compacted at the back of the grinder and had turned black. I cleaned all of the pieces and used paper towels to dry it and wipe off the black inside the tube at the back of the housing where the end of grinding worm feeds through to fit into the mixer. After doing some research on the internet, I found that many people were having the same issue. Some had different strategies to deal with it, including using cooking oil to lubricate. Others are just assuming it's food safe machine oil. I tried lubricating with mineral oil and the same thing happened. I cleaned everything again and had my husband lubricate it, since he's far more familiar with mechanical things than I am. I thought maybe I was putting it in the wrong place. I tried to grind some more meat. That's when I got the black ooze coming out around where the blade and plate connect. I took it apart and found that there was black liquid at the back of the housing and inside the tube again. I've had this black liquid when I juice, but I thought it was from juice going back into the mixer housing. Juicing is messy and the juice goes everywhere. Now I'm concerned that it's getting into my juice before I notice that it's there. I'll also be checking my shredder. I haven't noticed any black cheese, but certainly don't want to be ingesting this.
July 5, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Yubin Plastic Housing Cracked
I've used this grinder about 20 times or so in the last couple of years. The plastic housing cracked last time I used it. It should last longer.
July 3, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Chubby Chef Good Idea - mediocre execution
i've been using this attachment on my food processor for the past week to make ground pork for dumplings but no matter how tightly i screw on the plate, the ground meat starts pouring out of the sides of the screw cap, ultimately clogging the grinder. it could have been an amazing attachment that would have been a big time saver but now i rarely use it unless i'm forced to. please fix the design so that the ground meat doesn't just seep out all over the place...
June 25, 2016