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 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 1 out of 5 by Fire LTChef Disappointed, not durable.
I recently bought this grinder at a kitchen/chef supply store. I was excited to have item to use with my stand mixer. Sadly, the housing sustained a crack during usage. I was careful not to overstuff the unit, or apply too much pressure with loading meat. I expected more, especially because I certainly paid the price for the name. I will continue to use Kitchen Aid products, but as far as this item, I guess I am better off using the old school manual unit that clamps to the table.
May 1, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Louise terrible blades
The blades on this accessory are horrible. Just grinding chunks of meat for meatloaf requires cleaning out the blades every other cycle.
May 5, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Stanthefish Not the best.
I have had the mixer for a few years and it is awesome at mixing stuff and whipping cream. I got into home made penut butter , hunting, and sausage making. The grinder handles peanuts just fine but quickly heats up and I'm afraid I'm going to burn it out like I did the last 2 blenders I used. Blenders are cheap, kitchen aid machines not so. I tryed preccessing a deer and it took me almost 4 hours to grind 16 lb of venison. I had to clean the gunk and connective tissue every half pound. I had it trimmed, cubed, and nearly frozen. I thought it was just the venison but I had to clean the plate and blade twice grinding 1 lb of pork shoulder. To make maters worse it chracked! I have 3 cracks where the unit attaches to the machine and one where the feed tube meets the body. I have food coming out of that second crack. Love the mixer, hate the grinder. I got a dedicated grinder and a sausage stuffer.
December 9, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Joe Complete waste of time and money
We've had this for a few months and were really looking forward to grinding meat for hamburgers. After about an hour of constantly trying to unclog it we gave up. This product is a total waste of money - at least for grinding meat. I wish I could give it zero stars.
April 18, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Disappointed Di Ineffective/Useless
This grinder has a feed tube that is too long and narrow. I wanted to grind ring bologna for sandwich spread and couldn't get it pushed down far enough to reach the spiral feeder. Resorted to my old hand crank grinder to get the job done. I won't bother trying to grind meat. By the time you cut it into small chunks and freeze it so it doesn't get turned to mush, you might as well use a quicker method. Also, most parts are plastic with exception of cutting blade and plate.
April 6, 2016