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Old 28-09-2004, 01:55 AM
Sheryl Rosen
 
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I found a brand new cast-iron manual meat grinder in the "ethnic" aisle in
my supermarket. It was displayed with those big aluminum "calderon" pots,
the tostones presses, tortilla presses, coffee socks, etc.

I didn't notice the brand, but it has a price of about $18.

That seemed very reasonable--almost "too" inexpensive.

I've been thinking about getting one of these for a long time. The price
fits right into my budget but I'm afraid that something so cheap won't be
well-made.

I'm so wishing that I taken the one my Mom had in the drawer for years.
Unfortunately, I did not take it when I first moved out of the house, I
didn't know I wanted it back then! And it wound up in a box in the basement
that got wet...became a rusted mess and I couldn't salvage it.

I am uncomfortable buying one of these second hand, not knowing who used it
before me and the cleanliness being questionable. Besides, the new ones are
tinned (or otherwise coated) so they are less likely to rust, which I like.

How much do these things go for? Is about $20 a great deal, or is that so
cheap that the quality would be suspect?

Have never bought one of these before, don't plan to buy more than one, so i
want it to be a decently durable one.

Thanks for you advice.


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Old 28-09-2004, 02:31 AM
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Sheryl Rosen wrote:
I found a brand new cast-iron manual meat grinder in the "ethnic" aisle in
my supermarket. It was displayed with those big aluminum "calderon" pots,
the tostones presses, tortilla presses, coffee socks, etc.

I didn't notice the brand, but it has a price of about $18.

That seemed very reasonable--almost "too" inexpensive.

I've been thinking about getting one of these for a long time. The price
fits right into my budget but I'm afraid that something so cheap won't be
well-made.

I'm so wishing that I taken the one my Mom had in the drawer for years.
Unfortunately, I did not take it when I first moved out of the house, I
didn't know I wanted it back then! And it wound up in a box in the basement
that got wet...became a rusted mess and I couldn't salvage it.

I am uncomfortable buying one of these second hand, not knowing who used it
before me and the cleanliness being questionable. Besides, the new ones are
tinned (or otherwise coated) so they are less likely to rust, which I like.

How much do these things go for? Is about $20 a great deal, or is that so
cheap that the quality would be suspect?

Have never bought one of these before, don't plan to buy more than one, so i
want it to be a decently durable one.

Thanks for you advice.



What markings does it have on it? Is it tin-plated, or chromed?

Hopefully it's not a "Universal #2 Food Chopper". (I bought one out of
curiosity, and it's worthless.)

You want a #10 or a #12. Number 8 is OK, but #5 is too small. Anything
smaller will be a non-standard size and you won't be able to get knives
and plates for it, plus anything smaller will be pitifully slow.

Do you still have the rusty old one, or did you throw it out?

Bob
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Sheryl Rosen wrote:
I found a brand new cast-iron manual meat grinder in the "ethnic" aisle in
my supermarket. It was displayed with those big aluminum "calderon" pots,
the tostones presses, tortilla presses, coffee socks, etc.

I didn't notice the brand, but it has a price of about $18.

That seemed very reasonable--almost "too" inexpensive.

I've been thinking about getting one of these for a long time. The price
fits right into my budget but I'm afraid that something so cheap won't be
well-made.

I'm so wishing that I taken the one my Mom had in the drawer for years.
Unfortunately, I did not take it when I first moved out of the house, I
didn't know I wanted it back then! And it wound up in a box in the basement
that got wet...became a rusted mess and I couldn't salvage it.

I am uncomfortable buying one of these second hand, not knowing who used it
before me and the cleanliness being questionable. Besides, the new ones are
tinned (or otherwise coated) so they are less likely to rust, which I like.

How much do these things go for? Is about $20 a great deal, or is that so
cheap that the quality would be suspect?

Have never bought one of these before, don't plan to buy more than one, so i
want it to be a decently durable one.

Thanks for you advice.



What markings does it have on it? Is it tin-plated, or chromed?

Hopefully it's not a "Universal #2 Food Chopper". (I bought one out of
curiosity, and it's worthless.)

You want a #10 or a #12. Number 8 is OK, but #5 is too small. Anything
smaller will be a non-standard size and you won't be able to get knives
and plates for it, plus anything smaller will be pitifully slow.

Do you still have the rusty old one, or did you throw it out?

Bob
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Sheryl Rosen wrote:
I found a brand new cast-iron manual meat grinder in the "ethnic" aisle in
my supermarket. It was displayed with those big aluminum "calderon" pots,
the tostones presses, tortilla presses, coffee socks, etc.

I didn't notice the brand, but it has a price of about $18.

That seemed very reasonable--almost "too" inexpensive.

I've been thinking about getting one of these for a long time. The price
fits right into my budget but I'm afraid that something so cheap won't be
well-made.

I'm so wishing that I taken the one my Mom had in the drawer for years.
Unfortunately, I did not take it when I first moved out of the house, I
didn't know I wanted it back then! And it wound up in a box in the basement
that got wet...became a rusted mess and I couldn't salvage it.

I am uncomfortable buying one of these second hand, not knowing who used it
before me and the cleanliness being questionable. Besides, the new ones are
tinned (or otherwise coated) so they are less likely to rust, which I like.

How much do these things go for? Is about $20 a great deal, or is that so
cheap that the quality would be suspect?

Have never bought one of these before, don't plan to buy more than one, so i
want it to be a decently durable one.

Thanks for you advice.



What markings does it have on it? Is it tin-plated, or chromed?

Hopefully it's not a "Universal #2 Food Chopper". (I bought one out of
curiosity, and it's worthless.)

You want a #10 or a #12. Number 8 is OK, but #5 is too small. Anything
smaller will be a non-standard size and you won't be able to get knives
and plates for it, plus anything smaller will be pitifully slow.

Do you still have the rusty old one, or did you throw it out?

Bob
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Old 28-09-2004, 02:47 AM
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Sheryl Rosen writes:

I found a brand new cast-iron manual meat grinder in the "ethnic" aisle in
my supermarket. It was displayed with those big aluminum "calderon" pots,
the tostones presses, tortilla presses, coffee socks, etc.

I didn't notice the brand, but it has a price of about $18.

That seemed very reasonable--almost "too" inexpensive.

I've been thinking about getting one of these for a long time. The price
fits right into my budget but I'm afraid that something so cheap won't be
well-made.

I'm so wishing that I taken the one my Mom had in the drawer for years.
Unfortunately, I did not take it when I first moved out of the house, I
didn't know I wanted it back then! And it wound up in a box in the basement
that got wet...became a rusted mess and I couldn't salvage it.

I am uncomfortable buying one of these second hand, not knowing who used it
before me and the cleanliness being questionable. Besides, the new ones are
tinned (or otherwise coated) so they are less likely to rust, which I like.

How much do these things go for? Is about $20 a great deal, or is that so
cheap that the quality would be suspect?

Have never bought one of these before, don't plan to buy more than one, so i
want it to be a decently durable one.

Thanks for you advice.


There's really no way to know without actually seeing it but at that $18 price
I seriously doubt it is even close to a quality hand meat grinder... and in
fact may not be a meat grinder at all... often the type of grinders sold at
Latino markets are specifically for grinding corn and other grains. I were you
I'd invest in an electric grinder, it'll probably last you the rest of your
life, and since it will work so effortlessly and flawlessly you'll actually use
it.


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Old 28-09-2004, 02:54 AM
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Sheryl Rosen wrote:

I found a brand new cast-iron manual meat grinder in the "ethnic" aisle
in my supermarket. It was displayed with those big aluminum "calderon"
pots, the tostones presses, tortilla presses, coffee socks, etc.

I didn't notice the brand, but it has a price of about $18.


I'll bet it was made in Mexico, hence it's "ethnic" association.
They make some pretty decent cast iron in Mexico.
My mom just gave me her Corona wheat grinder,
made in Mexico, heavily tinned. It's pretty rugged.
You might see it on eBay in the near future.

That seemed very reasonable--almost "too" inexpensive.


My wheat grinder is rather crudely cast. But we're
not talking about a camera. It works just fine.

I've been thinking about getting one of these for a long time. The
price fits right into my budget but I'm afraid that something so
cheap won't be well-made.


If $18 means the kids don't get immunized this year,
you'd better not chance it. I would guess you'll never
break it or wear it out, though.

On the other hand, my mom also gave her cheap plastic
manual meat grinder which was purchased new about
35 years ago. Although some of the parts are barely
holding together, it still does a good job in small quantities.
I used to make pesto with it, and recently I ran a couple
pounds of dried apricots through it. (The blades and
plates are steel.)

I'm so wishing that I taken the one my Mom had in the
drawer for years. Unfortunately, I did not take it when
I first moved out of the house, I didn't know I wanted it
back then! And it wound up in a box in the basement
that got wet...became a rusted mess and I couldn't salvage it.

I am uncomfortable buying one of these second hand,
not knowing who used it before me and the cleanliness
being questionable.


Yeah, nobody ever figured out what happened to my
first wife. :-)

Besides, the new ones are tinned (or otherwise coated)
so they are less likely to rust, which I like.

How much do these things go for? Is about $20 a great deal,
or is that so cheap that the quality would be suspect?


Not if it comes from Mexico. A meat grinder isn't exactly
rocket science. (Rockets we get from China. :-)

Have never bought one of these before, don't plan to buy
more than one, so i want it to be a decently durable one.


If it's cast iron from Mexico, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
The kids can get those shots next year. :-)



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