The grinder we are reviewing in this post is the Eastman Outdoors #32 Meat Grinder. The model number of this unit is 38214. We would like to note that this grinder has been discontinued by the manufacturer.
Table of Contents
- Features of the Eastman Outdoors #32 Meat Grinder
- How Does it Work?
- Product Care
- Customer Reviews
- Should You Buy?
Features of the Eastman Outdoors #32 Meat Grinder
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The Eastman #32 is a hand-operated meat grinder that comes with the following accessories:
- Cutting Blade
- Two (2) Cutting Plates: 3/16” plate for fine grind and 3/8” plate for coarse grind
- Three (3) Nozzles (Small, Medium and Large)
Some of the important construction elements of the grinder are:
- Big Size. The grinder can accommodate a big portion of meat. The feeding tube where you make the meat go down is big enough to fit a chicken breast.
- Plates are not stainless steel. The grinder is not stainless steel, and the plates aren’t either. This means that caring for the plates would be a little more tedious compared to stainless steel plates. These parts can rust quickly. It is advised to coat them with food-grade oil (like vegetable oil) after cleaning and before storing.
How Does it Work?
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The grinder does not come with a clamp so you would have to find a stable work surface to place it on. Some prefer bolting it to a work surface, but that’s your decision. Bolting it down would just give it more stability. If you don’t grind meat too often, you don’t have to bolt it down permanently.
Like most manual meat grinders, you just have to feed meat into the opening and then crank the handle to start the grinding process. Keep repeating this until you’ve gone through all the meat you intend to grind.
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The Eastman Outdoors No. 32 Manual Meat Grinder is not made of stainless steel. That being said, extra care must be done to prevent the metal parts from rusting. Many recommend using food grade oil to coat the metal parts. Do this after you’ve cleaned and dried the parts.
Washing the parts is fairly easy to do. Just soak them in hot water with soap and scrub away at the areas that came into contact with raw meat.
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The Eastman Outdoors #32 Manual Meat Grinder has a less than average rating. Here are some of the crucial reviews we read:
- Rusts easily. As previously mentioned, the parts are not stainless steel. Hence, the metal can easily rust. More than one user has mentioned that after a few uses, the blades began to rust. This rust is inevitable in parts that are not built to be resistant to rust. One way to avoid corrosion is to coat the parts with food grade oil or any other substance that can deter rusting.
- Lacking in good craftsmanship. Several users lamented the lack of quality craftsmanship on the grinder. The parts are not of the best quality, and the construction can do better.
- A handful of meat is left in the grinder. Some users have noted that after a session of grinding, some meat end up stuck at the back of the grinding plates. Some find that this is a waste and a shame that the grinder is not able to process almost all of the meat.
- Easy to Assemble. Assembling the grinder is pretty straight-forward. You would not need to consult extra material just to figure it out.
- Grinder works well. Despite the complaints about rusting and lack of quality, the grinder works well. It just needs extra care to make it last for several years.
- Good price. This grinder is light on the wallet.
- Doesn’t come with a clamp or mount. The grinder does not have a mount or a clamp that can allow you to secure it to a work surface. A clamp is a good feature to have in manual grinders since you have to crank the machine by hand, and things can get wobbly. If you want something with a suction mount or c-clamp, you can check out the Useful Manual Meat Grinder, Mincer and Pasta Maker or the LEM Stainless Steel Clamp-On Hand Crank Grinder.
- Rusts easily. We’ve mentioned several times that the parts of the grinder rust easily. If you buy this, you need to be okay with making the extra effort in taking care of it. If you want something with stainless steel blades, albeit having a plastic body, you can check out the Norpro Meat Grinder, Mincer and Pasta Maker.
- Discontinued. This specific model has been discontinued by Eastman Outdoors.
Should You Buy?
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The grinder works fine and does what it needs to do. The issue we have with it is the fact that it easily rusts. However, with proper care this grinder can last you a very long time. At the price you can get it for, it’s worth the shot. We would suggest that you keep this on your short list and continue to look at other grinders that are out there.
We’ve reviewed a number of manual grinders on our site and also have a string of reviews for affordable grinders. You might want to take a look at those so that you can properly compare this grinder with the others in the same class or price range.