After discovering raw cat food diets, my biggest concern was meat grinding. I was sure there was a way around it and that in fact I don’t need to buy a grinder and grind meat. But I was wrong. I quickly learned the importance and necessity of bone in a cat’s diet. So I then started researching grinders. Ehhh, the thought of buying a large expensive grinder was not attractive to me. As I am 90% vegetarian the whole process was not appealing. Many people use the Tasin TS8 Electric Meat Grinder and swear by it for making raw cat food. It is about 8 kilo or 15lbs and sells for $150 on onestopjerkey.com. And if I lived in the US I probably would have bought it due to the great reviews I read. But I don’t, I live in Europe and do not have a huge kitchen, the correct voltage and of course there is the shipping expense.
I started looking at local shops and online for grinders but I could not find anything even close to the Tasin grinder. I didn’t want to buy any expensive grinder not designed for bones and then have it break. Then one day I was in a Swiss Army surplus store and saw a manual meat grinder for $25. Obviously it is not designed to grind bones but I didn’t care, for that price it was worth the try.
And it worked! It of course takes a bit of muscle to use. But my husband and I made our first batch of 3 kilo consisting of chicken thighs and chicken organs in 2 hours including clean up. Doing it alone would have been very difficult due to the clamp. It was necessary for one person to grind while the other held the machine and inserted the meat. And it did move quite a bit which was difficult at times. After 3 months of use (3x), I decided we needed to upgrade and get something without a clamp.
This is the grinder I purchased online from this supplier in Germany.
- Materials: cast iron, steel, and wood FSWF05: Size 22
- Total Dimensions: approx. 31 x 25.7 x 14.2 cm
- Funnel opening: approx. 13 x 11.5 cm
- Ring diameter Ø: approx. 8.5 cm
- Weight: approx. 4.1 kg
- Price 20£
The size works great and I think the 32 would be even nicer. But the most important thing to look for is a base you can screw down like this one, do not bother with anything with a clamp.We then bolted it into a wooden cutting board which is easy to remove to clean. I found a similar grinder with the same dimensions and same materials here on Amazon.
We make a batch of cat food about every 4 weeks and have used this grinder about 11 times the last year and it continues to work great. *Please note I have only used this for poultry bones and muscle meats including poultry, rabbit and beef, I haven’t tried grinding any larger bones. When I was doing my raw food research I couldn’t find anyone out there who used a manual grinder and couldn’t understand why. When I asked people in forums everyone was very doubtful it would work. I am so happy it works and see no reason to try an electric grinder now.
If I were to ever upgrade this is what I would buy Sportsman Meat Grinder with Pulley.
It is the same concept of what I have now. Just once size up and the pulley handle would make it easier to turn. There are many reviews from people who use it for dog and cat food as well.
Want to see this grinder after 2 years of continuous use?
Read why I feed raw here.
See the raw chicken recipe I use here.
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