KitchenAid Food Grinder (Mincer) Attachment Review

Kitchenaid mixer Attachment packThis attachment not only does the job of grinding meats for burgers but it also grinds vegetables and turns unpeeled apple slices into a smooth applesauce.

It provides both a fine and coarse grinding option. And although it’s great for meat it can even grind dried bread to make breadcrumbs, grate cheese and grind up foods to make baby food.

For starters, you need to be aware that the KitchenAid Food Grinder attachment isn’t an industrial machine – it’s made for home use only so don’t be thinking that you can throw a whole steak through the machine and expect it to work. The meat needs to be cut into manageable sized pieces first. But that appears to be the only drawback with this great little attachment.

We’ve run this food grinder through it’s paces a number of times now and it has done the job beautifully each time.

Our First Test – Making Sausage Mince

We decided for our first test to make up a batch of sausages which we go in to more detail in the sausage stuffer section but as part of the process we needed to mince the meat up first. We bought some lamb and cut it into pieces as suggested in the manual and proceeded to feed it through the machine. We used the food pusher to push the meat through and it didn’t take much effort at all. The meat simply worked it’s way through and we ended up with nicely ground lamb.

The manual that comes with this food grinder attachment does suggest grinding the meat through twice if you want to get a more tender result. We didn’t do that at the time and we probably should have because in our first attempt to make sausages using the sausage stuffer (see sausage stuffer review) we had a tough time getting the meat through the machine to stuff the sausages.

Our Second Test – Grating Cheese

Coming soon…

Our Third Test – Making Bread Crumbs

Coming soon…

What’s Included

  • Food grinder
  • Two plates – one coarse and one fine
    • The fine plate according to the manual is used for grinding foods such as raw meat, cooked meats, spreads and breadcrumbs.
    • The coarse plate is used for raw or cooked meats, firm vegetables, dried fruits and cheese.
  • ·Food pusher

What others are saying

Most of those who have purchased this grinder have raved about it with many stating that it is their favorite amongst all of their KitchenAid mixer attachments. We love it too and it is one we certainly recommend.

Some have complained about ‘black goo’ coming out of their machine. This actually never happened to us, however it is suggested that you run some bread through the machine first. One of the reviewers on Amazon actually asked a chef friend about this problem and this was their response:

“Yes, that happens with all meat grinders, especially when they are new. The blade and the die need to wear down a bit until they are completely flush with each other. Does the goo continue coming out for a long time, or is it only right at the beginning? It should stop after a couple seconds of grinding, after which just get rid of the stuff at the beginning. the rest of your grind should be clean if your meat is cold enough. Eventually this’ll stop as the grinder gets broken in.”

A couple of other reviewers also mentioned that the ‘black goo’ is a food grade lubricant so although it doesn’t look the best, it isn’t going to kill you. Even so, I think most of us would probably pick those bits out rather than have them end up in our food.

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Where can you buy the KitchenAid Food Grinder attachment?

We purchased our food grinder from Amazon.com. We purchased it as part of an attachment pack which made it a lot cheaper than buying it separately. The attachment pack included the food grinder as well as the slicer and shredder attachment and the fruit and vegetable strainer attachment. So all up it was a pretty good deal for the price. And yes, all the pieces in the pack worked on our Australian KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer. However you can also purchase the food grinder on it’s own from Amazon here if you don’t want the rest of the pieces.

 


KitchenAid Can Opener Stand Mixer Attachment Review

KitchenAid Can Opener Stand Mixer Attachment

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It’s obvious what this one does. Just attach to the front of your stand mixer and you will be opening cans before you know it. It works with all KitchenAid stand mixers.

Since it sits quite high on the mixer you can open tall cans and the heavy weight of the mixer itself means that even larger heavier cans can be opened with ease.

This is yet another of the KitchenAid stand mixer attachments that has received quite mixed reviews with most loving it but quite a good number hating it. I just wonder whether some consumers have received their can opener attachment from a bad batch. It’s just a bit odd that the reviews are so extreme.

We haven’t had a chance to review this one yet but we will add it to our list.

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KitchenAid Sausage Stuffer Attachment Review

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I must admit that I have always wanted to make my own sausages, so when we got a Kitchenaid stand mixer I just knew that we would be have to buy the necessary attachments to make them.

We actually needed to buy two different attachments – the Kitchenaid Sausage Stuffer Attachment as pictured and the Food Grinder Attachment. We’ll just be reviewing the Kitchenaid Sausage Stuffer Attachment on this page so click the following link to get to the Food Grinder Attachment Review.

When you purchase the KitchenAid Sausage Stuffer Attachment you get two different sized stuffing tubes – one for those smaller style breakfast sausages and a larger one for regular sized thick sausages.

Interestingly enough, this attachment gets very mixed reviews with people either loving it or hating it. As it is, you can get this attachment for around $10 so at this price it is not a huge loss if it doesn’t work out for you. At this point we have only run through one test using this attachment so it’s too early to give our final opinion. As we perform further tests we will update this page with more info.

Our First Test

One of the reasons why I really wanted to try this KitchenAid mixer attachment was that I love knowing exactly what goes into my food. Sausages are one of those products that you never really know what sorts of fillers or food additives have been added. So I was really keen to get this working. Unfortunately however it didn’t really work as well as I would have liked….however we realise that this was more our fault rather than the attachment.

Sausage Skins

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Putting the meat through the mincer

You will need to buy some sausage skins from your butcher. We purchased natural casings which are made from the intestines of pigs, cows or lambs. The come already cleaned and the ones we brought were  salted so they  needed  to be rinsed under cold running water and then soaked for around 30-45 minutes.
The easiest way to rinse them is by holding one open end over the tap and letting the water run down through the casing. Soak for another 30 or so minutes  in clean cool water and simply leave them soaking while you prepare your meat. Any excess cases can be kept in the freezer until you are ready to make another batch of sausages.  The beauty of using natural cases is that they are easy to work with and the size is versatile so that you can you use them for a variety of sausage types.

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The first step was grinding the meat. So we attached the KitchenAid Food Grinder and away we went. This wasn’t a problem…the meat went through easily and came out fully ground.

For the next step we had to attach the Sausage Stuffer Attachment which we did and that was easy enough as well. This just fits on to the Food Grinder Attachment – you need both attachments to make sausages. We slid the sausage casings over the Sausage Stuffer Attachment and were ready to go. So far, so good.

The next step however wasn’t so easy. When we started feeding the meat into the food grinder we found that it took an awful lot of force to get the meat to go through the grinder and out of the tube. It was agonizingly slow and it seemed that each time we pushed down on the food pusher and pulled it up again, the same amount of meat that we put in would come up with it so nothing really had gone through at all.

However, I now realize that the reason it was so difficult was because:

1. We didn’t grind the meat at least twice before using as suggested in the manual.
2. We didn’t add enough lamb fat to the mix which we only realized at the end when we actually cooked and ate the sausages and realised that they were very meaty…not like regular sausages at all.

So a conclusion can’t really be made from this test as yet. We will do a second test shortly so will update this page when that happens.

Where Can You Buy the KitchenAid Sausage Stuffer in Australia?

We found that KitchenAid attachments are quite expensive in Australia so we purchased our Sausage Stuffer Attachment from Amazon for a lot cheaper price. This is the one we purchased and it works perfectly on our Australian Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer.

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Photos from our first attempt at making sausages using the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer and the Sausage Stuffer.

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Sausages made with KitchenAid mixer and sausage stuffer

 

 

 

 

 


KitchenAid Slicer/Shredder Attachment Review

41Xt84q-0RLAs the name suggests, this KitchenAid attachment slices and shreds food. It comes with two shredding cones – one fine and one coarse and two slicing cones – one thick and one thin. So you can shred or slice cheese, chocolate, nuts or vegetables.

Unfortunately, like the KitchenAid pasta maker attachment, this attachment hasn’t been rated very well by many consumers. The main complaint is that it turns the food into mush. However, many have said that it shreds cheese really well. So unless you are going to be shredding large quantities of cheese, this attachment is probably not worth the expense.

Our First  Test

We have to agree with other reviewers on this one. We had issues not only with the outcome of the food but with the device itself.

We tried this out first with carrots, cucumber and cheese. We used the fine shredder for the carrots and the cheese and the results were pretty good for the cheese. I would be happy to use this again for grating cheese especially in large quantities. However, the carrots came out a bit too sloppy in my opinion as if they were over processed and the cucumber was just mush.

Also when we finished using this attachment we had a lot of trouble removing the grater/slicer cone to dismantle the slicer to wash it.

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Stoneline Cookware Review – 12 Piece Set with Bonus Knife Set

Stonedine 12 Piece Master SetWe’ve reviewed a lot of cookware over the years, including most of the top brands but never have we had the chance to review an As Seen on TV product. To be honest, I don’t think we would have even thought to do so, because As Seen On TV products often have a tendency to not be at the standard of quality most would desire. So when Stoneline asked us to review a 12pc set of their cookware, let’s just say, we weren’t expecting much.

BUT…after using this cookware continuously for the past two months, I’d have to say that we are both quite impressed. Who would have thought?! In fact, we were so impressed that we both went looking for a larger Stoneline frypan the other day, to add to our collection.

So let’s get started with the review…

Our first impression on taking the pots out of the box was that they were sturdy and well made, without being too heavy.

We split the set up between the two of us to use in our respective households, and we used the cookware as much as possible over a two-month period. We basically replaced our regular cookware with the Stoneline range to make sure that we gave it a real work out.

This wasn’t all that difficult because it didn’t take long for us to realize that this is actually really nice cookware to work with. It feels good using it and the handles are comfortable.

The beauty of the  Stoneline cookware is that it can be used on induction, gas, electric and ceramic stove tops. I have a gas stove, Paula has an electric stove and the pots perform equally well on both types.

What I really like is that the pans heat up quickly and evenly, and I have not experienced any hot spots. This is due to the 4.5mm thick stainless steel alloy base, which distributes the heat in an optimum way and the conductivity, which reduces the cooking time. So these pans are energy efficient.

Stoneline Vs StoneDine vs All the Other Copy-cats

Bear in mind, that there are a lot of copy-cats of this product and they aren’t the same. This is where a lot of confusion can arise when people are giving their reviews for this product. Are they actually using the original or are they using a knock-off?

When checking reviews for this product on Amazon, we found people writing reviews for StoneDine under the Stoneline product. They didn’t even realize that what they had purchased was not the original Stoneline product. So it was difficult for us to get a good idea of consumer sentiment from these reviews as we didn’t know if those bad reviews were actually for Stoneline or were for another product. However, those who were talking about Stoneline were very positive.

Oven Safe?

All the pieces are oven safe up to 350f (180c) degrees.

Seasoning the cookware

If you are like us and don’t read instruction booklets, then you will probably miss the instructions to season your cookware first. Weuse oil when cooking most of the time, so we probably got away with that one, but Stoneline recommends seasoning the cookware before first use by placing a couple of drops of cooking oil on a paper towel and gently rubbing over the cookware.

Even with constant use we have not noticed any loss of the non-stick surface but if you do notice this after a while, simply re-oil the pan with a few drops of oil on a handy towel while it is cold. This will re-season it. You may notice some loss of the non-stick feeling if you have placed the pans in the dishwasher, which of course it is recommended you don’t do.

Speaking of oil…

Stoneline states that this cookware doesn’t require fats or oils when cooking. Personally I like my food cooked in oil or butter. I never got caught up in the ‘oils are bad for you’ type of philosophy. There are good oils and there are bad oils and my preference is to cook with those good oils as the food just tastes better.

In fact, both of us prefer to use a fat of some sort when cooking, so just wanted to make that statement as in most cases we both used oil when cooking with this cookware.

But since we wanted to test this thoroughly, the times that we didn’t use oil, the food did not stick. We have cooked steak, omelets ( which are notorious for sticking), soups, casseroles and fried onions and have had great success with each. We cooked both with (only because of habit), and without added oil or fats and nothing sticks. Omelets, which are notorious for sticking on a lot of surfaces, simply slide out of the pan. With steak and roast veges we simply rubbed them with a little bit of oil and herbs but did not add oil or fat to the pan.

Eggs over easy (fried eggs) worked well and actually tasted better without the added oil. It’s just a matter of being patient and letting them set on the bottom before turning them.

So nothing sticks to the pans and cleaning them is really easy.

What Type of Stove Tops can Stoneline be Used On?

The beauty of the Stoneline cookware is that it can be used on induction, gas, electric and ceramic stove tops. I have a gas stove, Stoneline Dutch OvenPaula has an electric stove and the pots perform equally well on both types.

What’s on the Bottom?

What I really like is that the pans heat up quickly and evenly, and I have not experienced any hot spots. This is due to the 4.5mm thick stainless steel alloy base which distributes the heat in an optimum way and the conductivity which reduces the cooking time. So these pans are energy efficient.

What is it made of?

The Stoneline pots and pans have a magnetized stainless steel base , a layer of aluminum in the base and sides and a non-stick surface made up of tiny particles of stone. The aluminum ensures even cooking and we have found this to be true of this cookware.

The Stoneline non-stick cookware range is PFOA-free. The inside of the pans are coated in stone – they do not have a Teflon coating.

The saucepans have bakelite handles that stay cool and are comfortable to hold. The handles can be placed in the oven up to 180 degrees Celsius.

Clean Up

Since I am the person in my household that does most of the washing up, (and we don’t have a dishwasher), this cookware is a breeze to clean. Since nothing sticks to it, you only need to wash out with a soft cloth.

Stoneline doesn’t recommend that this cookware be used in a dishwasher. I personally don’t recommend putting any non-stick coated cookware in a dishwasher. We’ve never known a non-stick cookware to last for long anyway, regardless of the manufacturer and placing it into a dishwasher only shortens it’s life even more so.

Longevity

As we have mentioned previously, we have been using these pots and pans for over 2 months now, so in terms of longevity, we have no idea how long they will last, so that will have to be an update at another time.

So far, the coating is like new and there is no sign of pealing or chipping.

So What’s in the Box:

We received the 12 pce set which includes:

  • 1 roasting pot – 9.5” diameter, 4.5” high – (4.5 ltr/4.8 qt)
  • 1 cooking pot – 8” diameter, 3.75” high – (2.5 ltr/2.7 qt)
  • 1 saucepan – 7” diameter, 3.5” high – (2.5 ltr/2.7 qt}
  • 1 stewing pan – 9.5” diameter 2.25” high
  • 1 small frying pan – 8” diameter, 1.5” high
  • 1 square pan with lid – 11”w x 11” d x 3” h
  • 1 Dutch oven with lid – 11” diameter 5.25” high (7 ltr /7.4 qt)
  • 3 glass lids that fit both pots and pans

Stoneline Square Pan

The square pan has a set of oven mitts that slip neatly over the handles of the and I find that its best to keep them handy as the handles on the pan do get hot. So make sure you have oven mitts or teatowels on hand when removing the pans from the oven or when using it on your stovetop.

There is a also large Roasting set available as an optional extra and I will certainly look out for one as I love the idea of the lid doubling as a large baking dish and the roasting pan is a decent size at 16 ¾” x 10” x 4 ¾”. Perfect for cooking a roast in one and the roast veges in the other.

The Downside

After using this cookware for a couple of months now we don’t have any real negatives to speak of except for the size of the fry pans….they are just too small compared to the rest of the pots and pans in the set, especially the smallest frypan which is too small for much although I to cook an omelet or some fried onions or mushrooms.

The larger frypan is about right for a two member family but even then if you want two big juicy steaks for instance, they are pretty squashed in the pan. This is why, we went looking for a bigger version of the fry pans.

There is an 11” fry pan available and in Australia we can buy a 12” fry pan which is a much better option for families.

Warranty

The set comes with a 12-year warranty, which means that Stoneline will repair or replace an item that is found to be defective in workmanship or material within the 12-year period. The decision on whether an item is considered to be defective is at the discretion of the Stoneline distributor.

Scratches, stains, discoloration, minor imperfections and slight color variations that do not impair the functional use of the cookware are not covered under the warranty.

There are a few things that you can do that will ensure that your Stoneline cookware lasts:

  •  Only use silicone utensils in all my cookware and it is recommended that you don’t use metal utensils.
  • Never put a hot pan into cold water or you may crack the coating
  • Stoneline (or any non-stick cookware) should be hand washed, it is not recommended that you put your non-stick cookware into a dish washer.
  • The lids are oven safe up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celcius)


The Knife Set

We tried just about all of the pieces in the knife set over the two month period. I would say these are just average. One knife in the set already had a tiny nick out of it and the quality isn’t great.

We both make our own bread and the bread knife really isn’t up to the job. The steak knives aren’t too bad and they were able to cut through a medium steak quite well.

However, it’s not a bad knife set overall, and you are getting the set as a bonus.Swiss Sword Knives

The knife set includes:

  • 1 chopper
  • 1 cleaver
  • 1 bread knife
  • 1 fillet knife
  • 4 steak knives
  • 1 paring knife
  • 1 pair scissors

Again it is recommended that you do not place the knives in the dishwasher.

Final Thoughts

 Well this is not what we expected; our findings do not fit our original expectations that this cookware was just going to be another poor quality As Seen on TV product.

We are impressed and would certainly recommend Stoneline Cookware if you are looking for a new cookware set, replacement cookware, and this set would make an excellent gift.