Pros & Cons
- Highly durable and rust-resistant
- All stainless steel construction
- Great versatility
- Grinds soft bones
- Firm clamp with a wide opening
- Sits rather low
- Not dishwasher-safe
- Steep price
LEM Manual Meat Grinder Ratings
The construction and material quality of the meat grinder.
The amount of effort necessary to successfully operate the meat grinder.
The set of characteristics that enhance the functionality and efficiency of the meat grinder.
The additional tools and attachments that come with the meat grinder.
The amount of meat the appliance can grind per minute.
The meat grinder’s power, speed, smoothness of operation, and grinding results.
The range of different foods the meat grinder can process (e.g. domestic and game meat, fruit, produce).
The use of food-grade materials and the presence of safety features that prevent potential injury and food contamination.
The time and effort required to clean the meat grinder and keep it in good condition.
The average lifespan of the meat grinder with proper use and maintenance.
The affordability of the meat grinder in relation to its quality and in comparison with similar meat grinders.
LEM Manual Meat Grinder Design & Accessories
Entirely made of stainless steel, LEM Manual Meat Grinder weighs 9.37 pounds and is significantly heavier than modern manual meat grinders primarily made of plastic. However, its high-quality, all stainless steel construction also makes it more durable and virtually indestructible.
The grinder’s clamp has a wide opening that accommodates a width of up to 1.25 inches, making it possible to mount the grinder on nearly any table or countertop. The clamp is extra-strong and does not allow the grinder to move during operation.
The crank is ergonomic and surprisingly easy to turn even when grinding tougher meats. The relatively large hopper opening measures 3 inches by 4 inches. What we do not like about LEM Manual Meat Grinder’s design is that it sits rather low. Thus, you need to use a pretty shallow plate to catch the ground food, which is not ideal.
Included in the box are 1 stainless steel knife, 2 stainless steel plates for coarse (0.4 inches) and fine (0.2 inches) grinds, 3 stuffing tubes (0.5, 0.75, and 0.8 inches), and 1 stuffing star. Surprisingly, the grinder does not come with a food pusher.
LEM Manual Meat Grinder Ease Of Use & Maintenance
When it comes to ease of use, LEM Manual Meat Grinder is rather beginner-friendly. The unit is easy to mount and turning the crank requires minimum effort. Thus, even if you have never used a manual grinder before, you should not have much trouble getting used to this handy appliance.
As for maintenance, unfortunately, LEM Manual Meat Grinder is not dishwasher-safe, which means that you need to hand-wash all the parts in warm, soapy water. The good news is that the parts are quick and easy to remove and cleaning the grinder should not take more than a few minutes.
You only need to remember that you should handle the sharp blade with caution, that you should not soak the parts in water, and that it is a good idea to coat the components with food-grade silicone prior to reassembly.
LEM Manual Meat Grinder Grinding Performance & Versatility
Thanks to the efficient auger, sharp blade, and large hopper opening, LEM Manual Meat Grinder can easily grind 2-3 pounds of meat per minute, depending on how quickly you turn the crank. It is equally fast and efficient when stuffing sausages, no matter which tube you choose.
You can use LEM Manual Meat Grinder to grind both domestic and game meat and it can even handle soft bones. Although primarily designed for meat, it can be used to puree produce as well.
Although we have no major complaints regarding this grinder’s performance, there is one potential issue we need to warn you about. For optimal grinding results, you need to be sure you have fastened the retaining ring properly. Otherwise, the meat may come out mushy if the ring is fastened too loosely or the blade and the plate may get damaged if the ring is fastened too tightly.
LEM Manual Meat Grinder Safety
Although LEM Manual Meat Grinder does not have any special safety features, it is safe to use. Its blade is fully enclosed so your hand cannot come in contact with it during use. It is made of food-grade materials to prevent food contamination. It is perfectly stable and does not move as you turn the crank. However, it does not come with a food pusher, which means that you have to find some appropriate tool to use for this purpose.
|Dimensions||11.5" x 8.3" x 5.3"|
|Grinding plates||0.2" and 0.4"|