[contextazon id=’23’] We highly encourage people to try grinding their meat at home. Wouldn’t you want to know what’s in your ground meat, burgers, and sausages? Finding a grinder for your home can be quite the task given that there are many choices out there. First you have to choose whether you want a manual or electric grinder.
To help you decide, you can read our comparison of manual and electric grinders here.
If you think a manual grinder, read on to see what we found out about the Sportsman #22 Cast Iron Countertop Bolt Down Meat Grinder. We want to help you find the best grinder for you. The Sportsman #22 is quite affordable.
Table of Contents:
- Features of the Sportsman #22 Cast Iron Meat Grinder
- How Does it Work?
- Product Care
- Customer Reviews
- Should You Buy?
Features of the Sportsman #22 Cast Iron Meat Grinder
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The #22 Cast Iron Meat Grinder is one of Sportsman’s hand-operated meat grinders. This type of manual meat grinder is popular for those who hunt and prefer to grind their meat manually.
This kind of grinder is also good for those at home who do not feel the need to have something motor-powered. If you’re up for the challenge, this grinder can help you grind about 4 pounds of meat per minute.
The Sportsman #22 Cast Iron Meat Grinder comes with the following accessories:
- One (1) Cutting Knife
- Two (2) Cutting Plates
- ¼ inch plate for fine grinding
- ½ inch plate for coarse grinding
- Three (3) Sausage Tubes and a Sausage Funnel Attachment
Some of the relevant design or construction elements of the grinder are as follows:
- Cast iron body. The body of the grinder is made out of cast iron that is a durable material. Some prefer stainless steel, but cast iron is also a good material to have when it comes to tools such as a grinder. In our opinion, it’s still better than plastic.
- Dimensions and weight. The Sportsman #22 Grinder’s dimensions are 10 x 5.2 x 15 inches. It weighs around 12 pounds. You won’t have to worry about this grinder being too big or too heavy.
- Needs to be bolted down. This grinder does not come with a clamp or a suction base. To stabilize the grinder, you must bolt it down to your work surface. You would need to channel your inner handyman with this one.
How Does it Work?
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Manual grinders are easy to assemble, and the things you need to do to operate it are simple. Set it up, choose your grinding plate, feed some meat into the grinder and turn the handle. The hardest part is cranking the grinder with your arm. If you’re a positive thinker, just consider this a part of your weekly arm exercise!
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The Sportsman #22 is a simple machine. You won’t feel intimidated when you need to disassemble this tool for cleaning. Once you’ve managed to take down the parts, hand wash everything and dry completely before storing. This grinder is not dishwasher safe.
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The Sportsman #22 Countertop Meat Grinder has an average rating. There are a number of customers that give it a high rating, while other customers give it a low rating.
We can’t say that it is doing well when it comes to consumer reviews, but we can’t say that it’s doing poorly either. To help you out, we went through the reviews and enumerated below the important comments we saw:
- Parts rust despite following care instructions. One user supposedly washed the grinder properly, dried it completely, used vegetable oil on the grinder and yet he found some rust on the cutting plate and exit plate.
- Silver stuff. One user reported that he had silver stuff stick to his/her hands. We’re not entirely sure what the silver stuff from the grinder is made of. But we’re pretty sure you don’t want silver stuff on your food. We can’t confirm the absolute truth of this report, but we would like to err on the side of caution. (Read more customer reviews here)
- Affordable Price. The Sportsman #22 is one of the more affordable grinders. The price is not a bad price to pay for a grinder.
- Durable. The grinder is made of durable materials. Cast iron is made to last for a long time.
- The “silver stuff review”. As previously mentioned, we’re not sure how true this is. But it would be a bummer if our Sportsman No. 22 started to “shed” its silver coat. It hasn’t happened, but we feel that it’s our responsibility to let you know of such reviews.
Should You Buy?
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[contextazon id=’23’] If the silver stuff and the rusting review doesn’t bother you, go ahead and give the Sportsman #22 Cast Iron Meat Grinder a shot. For all we know, it was just one of those flukes. But if you can, we would suggest looking for something that is stainless steel.
We’re really in a bind with this one. It does what it needs to do, and there are some short reviews online saying “it’s great!”. Maybe this is one of those things that need a coin toss?
Kidding aside, we think this manual grinder is okay and trying it out wouldn’t hurt. But if you want something cheaper and something that you wouldn’t have to feel so bad about if it doesn’t meet your standards, you can check out the Useful. Manual Meat Grinder, Mincer and Pasta Maker.