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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-11-2016, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Meat grinder

Looking to get a grinder and was wondering which specifics are recommended for grinding up venison.
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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-11-2016, 09:55 PM
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I use a Cabela's Commercial Grade 1/2HP and am very pleased.

How much grinding do you anticipate doing?
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It's actually for my girlfriends brother and I would say normally 2 deer a season
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post #4 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-11-2016, 10:47 PM
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Grinder

I got a cabelas 1 hp and it is more than big enought
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I just recently figured out our food processor works great for my venison but be aware, it chops it up fine. Plus I don't mix it.
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The reason I ask how much you grind is that it can vary a lot.

I shot a buck in bow season and my wife wanted ground meat. I took the tenderloins and backstraps because I refuse to grind them, but the rest got ground. Almost 50lbs of ground meat in two sessions. That will work a light duty grinder pretty hard.

Flip side, had a buddy hunting with me and he mostly wanted steaks and roasts from his deer and I only ground 9lbs of meat from his deer for him. That almost any grinder could do.

If more than a few pounds from each deer, I'd spend the money to get something like the Cabelas commercial grade grinders. If just a few lbs of each deer, a food processor or small grinder would likely do fine.
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I has a cabelas commercial grade 3/4 hp grinder and it is fantastic ground about 27lbs of meat yesterday with coarse and fine grind in way less than 45 minutes. Not much more to ask for. I use the power sausage stuffer to then stuff game freezer bags. I can grind a deer and have it in game bags and in the freezer in short order. I also got the juicer attachment for the grinder and use it to make tomato sauce and also juice grapes and various fruits for wine making. It does an excellent job. The cabeals grinders usually go on sale right after Christmas. If you do a few deer a year, the initial equipment investment will pay off very quickly in save money from not taking the deer to a processor.
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Yeah really. At $75-$150 for processor fees, you can buy a nice grinder!
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I use a Weston #8 heavy Duty meat grinder. It is a tank. Just plows through everything I need it to do. I take good care of it. It has so far lasted me 3 seasons doing an average of two deer a year. Not a hiccup. I pick up the stuff I need from thehuntersbutchshop.com
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I got my 1/2hp Cabela's Commercial Grade off craiglist for about 1/2 shelf price. Left to my own devices, I'd have gotten something in a #12 instead of the #8 I have, only because the size of the chute is the only limiting factor. I can't physically shove enough meat into that chute to slow down the grinder. I would probably be a little happier with a #12, but honestly, when I did the grinding for my buck, I had a total of nearly 50lbs of grind, done in two sessions (because I trimmed the meat from the deer in two sessions), and it took some time to work through it all, but the end product is very good.

My wife is very picky, and she's very pleased with the end results from the grinder.

It's not a small investment, but if you're committed to self-processing deer, I agree it's worth it in the long run. One benefit of the higher-grade grinders is that you can add attachments later if desired. For example, I can see buying a mixer attachment for mine, which helps mix batches of ground meat with seasoning/cure for sausage, snack sticks, etc.

I have taken deer to a very, very good butcher, and the last deer I took there was in 2013 and my cost for one deer was $165 and that's probably lower than many in the area for similar work.

The complement to the grinder that I highly recommend is a FoodSaver or similar vacuum sealer. When I grind, I put my family to work. I'm grinding, my 11yr old is weighing it into 1lb portions, and my wife is bagging/labeling/sealing it. We can power through a deer in no time.
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