~New Meat Grinder~

 

Sanitary Meat Grinder.

Sanitary Meat Grinder.

Fred and I bought this beast of a meat grinder recently.  It was actually white and Fred sanded it a bit and painted it John Deere Green.  This baby can grind 50 # of meat in 2 minutes….or less.  I freaked out though the first time he ran it because it looked dangerous.  By golly it WAS dangerous!!!  Not to worry though, after a bit of planning and scavenging around the farm Fred came up with a design to make a stainless steel meat tray on top and a hand guard!!  So proud of my farm guy.

Stainless steel meat tray.

Stainless steel meat tray.

 

Front view of old military Sanitary meat grinder. This baby is one of a kind!!

Front view of old military Sanitary meat grinder. This baby is one of a kind!!

This unit is mobile and low enough not to be a back breaker.

This unit is mobile and low enough not to be a back breaker.

Fred hand carved the plunger from a Maple log he found in the wood pile.  The meat actually gets fed under the curved guard, the hole being used only for the plunger.  He used a hammer to shape the stainless steel and some rivets to secure it in place.

 

This was our first test of the grinder before Fred built the safety tray.

This is Alan during our first test of the grinder before Fred built the safety tray.

Our new meat scale for precision seasoning measurements.

Our new meat scale.

This scale works swell!!  When you are making seasoned meats of all kinds, you need to have an accurate scale or you can blow a batch of meat really fast.  Alan Ferber has been really helpful in teaching us new methods and little tricks to the trade. 

Allen explaining his methods to his students!

Alan explaining his methods to his students!

 

More instruction.

More instruction.

Alan located the scale for us to purchase and came over again to teach us more meat processing techniques.  He’s coming over again when we do more hogs to teach us yet more techniques that will make the processing quick and efficient.  Having been in the field for so many years, he is truly a professional meat cutter.

An eager student!

An eager student!

We have been processing meat for many years and yet are still learning important details.  Farming and the skills that go along with it are never boring.  I think it’s so important for people to know not only how to process their own food but also where that food comes from. 

 

 

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About Callens Honey Farm

We live on a small family farm located in S.W. Minnesota, near the South Dakota border. The source of our honey is from white and red clover. The honey appears as liquid gold in color. Our honey is extracted using a hand cranked centrifugal force extractor. Then the honey is screened once into a holding container from which we later fill the small honey bottles. We do not heat treat the honey nor add any other ingredients. Pure and natural is our Minnesota honey! What could taste better?
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2 Responses to ~New Meat Grinder~

  1. Fran Syl De Baere says:

    So very awesome. that is some fast meat grinder!!! wow. love your posts, Syl Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:17:37 +0000 To: franscom@msn.com

  2. TheresaEH says:

    very impressive!! But may I suggest (with respect) that you purchase or make aprons for the butchers to wear over their coats when processing the meat. I assume that these are the same coats the butchering students wear when they are performing other farm chores involving manure.

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