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Cleaning a Meat Grinder

Cleaning bits of meat out of your grinder may seem daunting, but there are some easy tips that can help. This is a guide about cleaning a meat grinder.

Cleaning a Meat Grinder
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February 23, 2009 Flag
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I have an old metal meat grinder. How would I go about cleaning it so that I can start using is? Thanks.

Pam from Wichita, KS

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February 24, 20090 found this helpful

Maybe a toothbrush and vineger?

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February 24, 20090 found this helpful

Try putting some slices of bread through the meat grinder to take off the surface rust inside the grinder

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February 24, 20090 found this helpful

I am giggling from my toes ;-) Those old metal meat grinders would "maybe" rust if they've been left out in the rain for a decade or more ;-) I still have my mom and dad's old meat grinder that they received as a wedding gift in 1953 and, believe me, those puppies can take great abuse ;-) They're like the old Timex watch ads, "They take a licking and keep on ticking." :-) Die-hard cooks still demand them and they are still produced ;-)

Just soak it in the bleach and water as I mentioned below and then soap clean and all the bacteria and possible gunky build up of food particles will definitely be gone :-)

Oh, and chris t makes a good point about taking them apart ... I am glad chris mentioned it :-)

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February 24, 20090 found this helpful

I haven't tried this but I remember older relatives talking about putting bread through the grinder to clean it. Hope it works!

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September 6, 2004 Flag
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If your meat grinder has pieces of meat stuck in it, run a piece of bread through it to remove the pieces before you wash it.

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