I have another new toy, I mean attachment, for my Kenwood Titanium Chef. This one is the Multi-Food Grinder, which is a bit of a fancy name for a mincer, probably thought up aim the product at a wider audience than dedicated carnivores. Apparently you can also use it to mince nuts and dried peel, though I think mine will be used solely for meat, raw or cooked.
The main components of the mincer itself are mincer body, into which you insert the scroll and cutter and one of the 3 mincing screens (coarse, medium and fine) and secure with the ring nut using the plastic spanner. You then attach this to the slow speed outlet on the front of your machine, pop the metal tray on the top and use the plastic pusher to guide the ingredients into the mincer and gently push them down. There’s also a nifty cover for the tray if you wish to leave your mincer permanently attached to your machine, which also doubles as a dish to catch whatever you’re mincing.
It also comes with a sausage filler and kebbe maker nozzles, which I will endeavor to use in the future.
The machine worked like a dream. I used the medium screen and found that a good size for raw beef. I used the beef to make mince stew & dumplings (recipe coming soon) and I can honestly say it was the best I’d ever made. I won’t be going back to shop bought mince ever again, the texture and flavour was far superior and it made a usually unhealthy dish fairly low fat (not including the dumplings…). It might be more expensive than buying pre-packed, but braising steak hardly breaks the bank, and I didn’t have loads of water and fat leach off the mince when it was cooked so I reckon I got a bigger volume of meat at the end. I really can’t rate mincing your own meat highly enough.
A little tip for getting the last of the meat out of the mincer is to feed some bread through the mincer.