Meat grinder came on time and worked much better than expected. Ground up a 15 pound roast beef in about five minutes, works better it you cut meat into strips then put it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes prior to grinding.
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376 of 378 people found the following review helpful
Waring MG800 Meat GrinderDec 30 2003
William J O'Brien
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I am a hunter who butchers 8-10 deer per year and make my own burger & sausage. I have previously used "hand crank" grinders and smallish electric grinders. While both will do the job for a deer or two, due to the volume I am processing it was time for an "upgrade". When I made the decision to buy my own grinder, I did a lot of research to determine which model would best suit my needs at an affordable price. Based on the features, motor power, quality and price I decided to try the Waring MG800. If this didn't work, my next step would be a used commercial grinder. Let me tell you, I am impressed ! This grinder is everything advertised and more. The construction is rugged and the components are well designed. My first night I ground and vaccuum packed 20 lbs of sausage in 1/2 hour (only 5-10 minutes were actually spent grinding). The grinder never clogged and you can literally feed the hopper with your hand, the screw is so well designed that it actually draws the meat down the throat without the use of the "pusher" that is provided. Clean up is a snap due to the ease of disassembly and cast stainless housing. Power is more than adequate, and with the 5 year motor warranty you can't go wrong. Two things to note, the blades and plates are carbon steel and must be thoroughly washed and dried before storage or they will rust (but this is also true with $1000 grinders). Also, don't be fooled by people advertising 850, 1000 or even 1200 watt plastic grinders on E-bay. This grinder may be 450 watts, but it is a true 450. The "1000 watt" grinders are actually more like 200 watt in use, so be careful.
154 of 158 people found the following review helpful
Not professional grade, but above grade, 4 starsJan. 11 2005
Jeffrey S. Aleknavage
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The motor is strong, but "professional grade" is really pushing it. Works EXCELLENT for hamburger, rarely need the plunger. However at first I had poor results with suasage, it turned out with the consistency of liverwurst. After a few tries I learned to avoid forcing the motor to stuff the sausage. Let the meat flow out and squeeze the casings by hand to stuff them. Results are getting much better. Manufacturer should provide tips and advice. Suasage casings are difficult to find locally, but you can buy buy them online. Negative aspects are that the accessories have immediate rusting issues, however has not effected performance over 3 months. The hopper does not extend far enough from the machine, the meat lands on the inside edge of the receiving bowl. This results in a spill over if you do not turn the bowl. However the motor is strong and is reversable, if you get a clog. And the main unit and hopper are made of quality stainless steel and metal. I am not able to revise my star rating, but after 3 months of use, definitely a 4 and well worth the money. I have not bought store hamburger or suasage since buying this item. Parts do well in the dishwasher, even at sani level.
104 of 106 people found the following review helpful
I purchased this grinder about a year ago during the "mad cow" scare...It's nice to be able to control what is in your ground meats and sausages.
When I want to make a batch of hamburger, I buy 15-20 pounds of beef, trim off the fat, gristle, and sinew before grinding. I add an appropriate amount of fat evenly to the meat chunks as I grind them. It's actually fun and goes so fast. I wrap and freeze the freshly ground beef in one pound packages. I also make my own bulk sausage, using the recipes included with the grinder. Delicious! As with the hamburger, when I am ready to make sausage, I buy 15 to 20 pounds of meat--pork, turkey, and/or chicken--and just follow the recipe. This fresh sausage is also wrapped and frozen in one pound packages.
The hopper handles a large amount of meat, and all I have to do is keep piling on the large chunks, guiding them into the feed tube. I have not had to use the "pusher" because the grinding screw easily pulls the meat down and through. The grinder has never bogged down or clogged up. I usually grind more than one type of meat and/or sausage in a session, so to clean out the grinder between products, I run saltine crackers through. Then I'm ready to continue with the next project! Speaking of crackers, this grinder also makes terrific cracker crumbs...And I have yet to try out all it's other capabilities, such as grinding fruit, nuts, and cheese.
The cutting plates will rust if one does not follow the instructions for cleaning and storing them. (After washing the plates, I dry them in a warm oven, oil them lightly with vegetable oil, and wrap them in waxed paper.) If the directions are followed, there will be no problem, and the grinder will be ready for the next big job...
This grinder is loud--I plug my ears with a bit of tissue, which takes care the noise--and it has one speed, which is not a problem--one speed is all it needs. I like the simplicity of this machine; there are no "bells and whistles" to figure out and break. It is a straight-forward, hard-working, no-nonsense appliance.
I enjoy using my grinder. It is powerful, fun to use, and economical. I buy quality meats on sale and in bulk, which saves me quite a bit of money. Also, I feel good about knowing EXACTLY what is in the ground meats/sausage I feed my family and friends, and how fresh it is! I can highly recommend this model for anyone who desires a dependable and powerful meat/food grinder.
90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Great grinder for pet food preparationNov. 3 2006
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My review is focused on the grinder's ability to help me prepare dog food.
Meat used: whole raw chicken and raw chicken backs (tested total of 100 lbs)
Meat preparation: Chopped up chicken to fit into grinder. Grinder can handle bones, even if not smashed or broken. I tested it with whole chicken legs and it crushes them just fine but the machine has to work a little harder. I recommend giving the legs a few wacks with a cleaver and it grinds them much faster. Some of the meat and bones were still partially frozen going into the grinder (no problem!).
Ease of use: Very simple assembly. Blade and cutting plates need to be completely dried after use and stored coated in veggie oil. I would recommend cleaning immediately and not allowing food to become caked on. Stainless steel very easy to wipe down with moist rag.
Food results: Meat and bones came out nicely grinded. I used the Medium cutting plate...but I have a friend who prefers the Course plate. I think the Fine plate would make the meat too mushy and harder to handle.
Machine ran continuously for over 3 hours grinding 100lbs of chicken meat and bones (may have gone faster if I had meat cut down to size before starting). Never became clogged and I did't have to use the the reverse option. Though the main unit became very warm, grinder showed no signs of slowing down. After use, I inspected all the parts; the blade, plate, hopper and shaft almost looked brand new.
Overall, I loved it. And who can beat the warrantee? Would recommend for those grinding whole chicken, cornish hens, duck, rabbits ...etc.
72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
DisappointmentJune 23 2009
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I have this grinder for just over a year but it was only used a couple of times. It worked OK but a long way from commercial grade. Small bone that accidentally stuck in chunk of meat managed to destroy the gear as it would be a cheap plastic. And what a surprise. I took this thing apart and found a plastic gear inside, which is engaged with metal drive shaft of the motor. Combination that should never work. Just wondering about this guy who designed it. Long story short. Almost $100 for the new motor and $65 to install. I will never use it again. Look for something with a completely metal gear. Hope it helps to make a decision.