Metal Paddle Meat Mixer...how many of you use them?

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Metal Paddle Meat Mixer...how many of you use them?

Post by harleykids » Fri Feb 26, 2016 21:53

How many of you are still mixing your ground meat and spices by hand?

I know Bob K has one of those nice metal paddle mixers!

My wife and I trade off mixing with food service gloves on, but still end up with near frostbite sharing the mixing duty by hand!

Do the meat mixers work well enough to justify the $100?

And I would think the hand crank less expesive version works just fine? No need to drop another +$100 on the one that fits on your grinder base unit?

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Post by Bob K » Fri Feb 26, 2016 22:12

Probably more cons than pros. from the comments. I personally don't find cleaning to be an issue.....I wipe almost everything down with peel ease before using and it cleans easily with just the kitchen sprayer and hot tap water. with an easy wipe with soap and cleaning sponge or pad.

Another string on mixers: http://www.wedlinydomowe.pl/en/viewtopi ... ight=mixer
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Post by Butterbean » Fri Feb 26, 2016 23:32

I have a small hand crank mixer that I rarely use. I don't use it because I think it inefficient in both time and mince. On smaller batches I just use a #10 grinder and mix by hand. I use a #32 mixer grinder on large batches and it makes life so easy.
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Post by Bob K » Sun Feb 28, 2016 16:12

Its really to bad someone doesn't design smaller models with dual action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYSnm983D-E


Well BB I thought my 10/12 1 hp grinder was a beast until I saw a size 32 in action
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Post by Butterbean » Sun Feb 28, 2016 17:48

The #32 is a beast for sure and is really handy when you are mixing and grinding larger batches but its inefficient on small batches due to the shrink loss in the worm and plate. Typically you will lose about a half pound of mince if you don't clean with bread or dismantle.
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Post by Bob K » Sun Feb 28, 2016 18:56

Butterbean wrote: I use a #32 mixer grinder on large batches and it makes life so easy.

BB what do you mean by #32 mixer grinder. How is the grinder used to mix?
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Post by Butterbean » Sun Feb 28, 2016 20:24

The paddles are in the hopper and you can choose whether you want the machine to mix or grind. The paddles turn no matter what but the auger will stop or turn moving the meat to the blade. What I typically do for most sausages is add the meat to the hopper and pour the spice mix over the top as its paddling the meat till all the meat is coated well then I grind it. After that, assuming I want a single grind I change the plate out to a kidney plate and dump the ground mince back into the hopper and switch it to mix and it will mix the meat till you tell it to stop. Once it begins peaking I just turn the auger on and it pushes the meat into a meat lug and I go to the stuffer. Here is a picture the machine I use. (not mine but similar)

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Post by Bob K » Sun Feb 28, 2016 20:55

:oops: I was thinking home size.

I have seen videos of those in action....the screw runs the length of the unit!
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Post by Butterbean » Sun Feb 28, 2016 21:22

Yeah, most wives wouldn't want one of these in their kitchens would they? I don't think most men who make sausage would see a problem with it though. :lol:

They are remarkable pieces of equipment though. Makes sausage making extremely easy. I have a counter top #32 I got out of a decommissioned Naval ship. Its a good grinder but doesn't have the mixing option. Its only a fraction of the size of this one but is heavy as an anchor.
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Post by alhunter63 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 06:20

Hello guys! I've been reading up on everyone's take on meat mixers from these threads.

I broke my hand crank mixer (made in China) that I used to use & I'm looking to replace it with an electric one, maybe even one that I can attach to my grinder.

Has anyone come up with a decent electric meat mixer for #20 - #30 pound batches?

A friend of mine has a bakery & said he would give me one of his 30 Quart Hobart bread mixers that he never uses ever since he bought a new one.

Has anyone ever tried using those round Hobart mixers that they use for bread, using that pastry attachment like B. K. suggested? The only meat mixers I've ever seen are the square tubs with the paddles.

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Post by LOUSANTELLO » Mon Jan 09, 2017 13:11

I have a LEM meat grinder and I bought the mixing box attachment. It works real well, but you do need a decent location to clean it, soap it and rinse it out. Other than that, they work great
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Post by fatboyz » Mon Jan 09, 2017 15:30

I made my own adapter for my hand crank one. Run it from an old grinder power head.
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Post by alhunter63 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 01:57

Wow that one really looks cool! I have my own kitchen with sink & running water set up in the basement for venison, sausage, etc. so cleaning is no problem!

Do you guys think one of those round mixers that they use in a bakery would work?
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Post by fatboyz » Tue Jan 10, 2017 02:03

Those big Hobart dough mixers work great if you have the room and can afford it.
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Post by Butterbean » Tue Jan 10, 2017 16:04

alhunter63 wrote:Do you guys think one of those round mixers that they use in a bakery would work?
Don't see why it wouldn't.
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