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    Cast Iron Grinders

    My tech keeps stepping backwards...

    I put this post here because I didn't know where else to place it

    The more I get into food and cooking the more I shy away from new fangled gadgets. My crock pots sit idle, the processor sits gathering dust, and I don't know the last time I touched my pannini press. My poor Kitchen Aid gets used by my wife and daughter more than I even look at it.

    Now I am looking for a classic meat grinder, the good ol cast iron buggers. I've been looking at them in antique shops but never see them with working parts. Not knowing what makers where worth looking at I have yet to purchase one. I have 2 given to me by relatives and I have gotten one to work but it is wicked small I use it for nuts and bacon grinding. I'd love to get a classic early model grinder.

    Anyone have knowledge on these goodies? I am looking for working models, IE to use

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    I have a older Chop-Rite #22 that I got from my grandma and I think before they were called Chop-Rite they were called Enterprise. I don't know much about grinders but I think either of these brands are considered the quintessential "classic" American cast iron grinder. There were lots of other makes, but these are two of the bigger makers, kind of like Griswold or Wagner for cast iron pans. Anyways, Chop-Rite is still a company and still making grinders based on the original designs and they sell replacement parts. Meaning, if you find a vintage Chop-Rite/Enterprise grinder with missing parts you can still find new parts for it. They're very basic: grinder housing, auger, handle, grinder knife, grinder plate, and a screw on ring. Also, the sizes #12, 22, & 32 are all standardized, so you can buy made in China or whatever grinders today for under $100 that are the same size and use the same parts. I needed a stuffing plate and stuffing tube for my #22 grinder and was able to find them at Bass Pro Shop, they also had spare grinder knives that fit as well.

    If you have the money and lack patience you can get a new grinder from Chop Rite http://www.chop-rite.com/Products.htm A #22 will set you back about $230, but it's worth it- American Made and still built the way they did it 75 years ago.

    I've been using my Chop-Rite a lot lately. I made burgers a couple weeks back, made chow chow last week, and this weekend made a whole bunch of sausage. I bought the aforementioned parts at Bass Pro literally this past Friday. It's a little bit of work but it's a joy to use and easy to clean up. I want to buy a stainless steel table to bolt this thing down to for easy clean up and sterilization.

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    Kyle, my local hardware store has these grinders on the shelf with replacements parts and everything. I only ever glanced at them but now I'll have to check them out and see what the deal is. We have a large Amish/Menonite community here in and around town so lots of these old fashioned types of appliances are available in stores locally.

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    Dave, Chop-Rite makes their grinders in Pottstown, PA, so you'd be supporting a local business if you were to pick one up! They're much pricier than the Chinese/Czech/Indian made grinders that you can find at Cabelas, Bass Pro and other stores, but these grinders leak and are poorly made. If you want the real deal then Chop Rite is the way to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    Dave, Chop-Rite makes their grinders in Pottstown, PA, so you'd be supporting a local business if you were to pick one up! They're much pricier than the Chinese/Czech/Indian made grinders that you can find at Cabelas, Bass Pro and other stores, but these grinders leak and are poorly made. If you want the real deal then Chop Rite is the way to go!

    Good to know, thanks

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    Will keep an eye out for that name. Thanks for the info.

    I'd be looking for vintage pieces but the ability to get new parts would be a huge pluss

    LOL been looking at vintage grinders on Ebite and I'm seeing the same names I'm used to with straight razors, Keen Kutter, Landers, Frary & Clark, and more...
    If I see one made by Robison I may be in trouble

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Winc...item3f1a4b6a11

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    That's actually a Gatling style meat grinder

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    Porkert is the brand to go with and this is what it can do, pending your meat is almost frozen. I think this one is a #12. I also have a 1HP #22 10 pounds minute commercial grinder too. The porkert might be hard to get these days though?


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    I hate seeing those pics, I keep mentally thinking "If my hand falls in while I'm in full churn..."

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    LOL! That was like me standing in the vestibule of our (long-gone) archaic commuter trains when I was a student, with the doors wide open on hot summer days: "Gosh I hope I don't suddenly jump out the door!"
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