We all want to grind meat in a clean condition; thus, cleaning your meat grinder very vital. Whether you use a manual or an electric meat grinder, you should ensure it is very cleaning when you do your meat processing.
Cleaning includes all the included components like the grinding plates, blade, sausage attachments, kubbe attachment and food hopper.
Mostly, it’s advisable to clean your meat grinder after use and store it in a clean dust-free environment.
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Steps To Clean a Meat Grinder
Preparation for Cleaning
Remove all the excess meat from the meat grinder to make the cleaning process easy.
Thus, before detaching the meat grinder parts for cleaning, you may run one or two pieces of bread through the system (feeding tube).
The bread will act as a sponge so it will soak up most of the little meat pieces that may be stuck in the blades, tubes or plates.
Although that process is not vital, it’s a good practice to ensure the cleaning process is simple. Large meat residue will most likely cause bacteria and germs to build up in the meat grinder.
Since you don’t want your meat grinder to be the source of disease and sickness, continue reading below to know how to keep your meat grinder clean.
Wash the meat grinder parts thoroughly
You should disassemble all the meat grinder parts to clean the unit fully. In the case of a manual meat grinder, remove it from the table or countertop.
If you use an electric meat grinder, unplug it from the power source. Next, remove all the grinder’s screws, blade cover, cutting blade and plates.
Be very careful when handling the cutting blade; since it’s designed to cut tough meat pieces and its sharp. Also, place it at a safe distance to avoid accidents if you have young children.
If you want to get a thorough cleaning, do it by your hands. Washing the parts in a dishwasher is not advisable; it ruins the metallic construction of most meat grinder machines.
Using a dishwasher also makes the blades dull after repeated wash.
Fill a large container or bowl with some soapy and loop warm water. Soak all the meat grinder parts for about 15 minutes.
Soaking the parts loosen the meat debris that may be left on the components. After the accessories have soaked, now scrub them on both sides with a sponge.
The grinding plates, feeding, and hopper can be cleaned with a bottle brush. Ensure you do it very thoroughly to prevent bacteria and germs build up.
For electric Meat grinders, avoid water from entering the motor. Also, never sink the motor in water. If you should clean it, use a moist rag.
But only wash the motor casing. Also, never allow water to enter the base.
You may also wipe the entire body with a moist rag or towel. Don’t scrub the outer casing since you may put scratches and marks on your meat grinder making it look old.
After you have washed all the parts, wipe them dry with a clean cloth or towel; it helps to prevent oxidation and rust.
Then leave the components to dry completely before placing them back into the meat grinder machine.