Review: Norpro 151 Meat Grinder

December 8, 2013 by | Be the first to comment »

When I began my path to self-reliance, my first step was to store extra food, but it didn’t me very take long to see the flaw in this approach.

Don’t get me wrong; I still believe you should store food, but keep in mind that your supply will always be finite. So one of my next steps was to begin breeding rabbits for sustenance, which meant I needed a grinder to process the meat.

Shortly after I bought my first set of rabbits, I began researching meat grinders. I knew I wanted a manual grinder so I wouldn’t have to rely on electricity in case the power went out, and I knew I didn’t need a large grinder since I would be processing a relatively small volume of meat at any given time. Those were my only criteria initially.

This all happened right around Christmas, so my wife bought one for me. She knew my criteria and purchased the Norpro 151 meat grinder based on the large number of positive customer reviews. (Over 300 five-star reviews.)

Just like the Bear Grylls knife I mentioned in a recent article, I would never have purchased this particular meat grinder on my own, but I was pleasantly surprised when I received it.

I would have preferred a model constructed entirely of metal; but despite being mostly plastic, the Nopro 151 is surprisingly well-built and so far has easily ground everything I’ve put through it. It comes with a heavy-duty steel blade and coarse and fine-textured steel mincing plates to give you a lot of flexibility to grind meat as well as beans, nuts, fruit and vegetables, and pretty much anything else you want. It also comes with attachments to make sausage and three styles of pasta.

A note on grinding hard foods like beans or nuts: always start with the coarse-textured plate and feed the grinder slowly. If you need a finer finished product, you can run it through several times, and if necessary, repeat the process with the fine-textured plate. This is useful for making flour. Failure to follow these steps can result in bending the handle and possibly breaking the unit.

Unlike most grinders which attach to the edge of your counter top with a screw clamp, this one is secured with a powerful suction cup. This means you don’t have to worry about whether it will fit; but you do have to use it on a smooth surface.

One of the features I love about this model is that it is easy to disassemble and clean, which is critical when dealing with ground meat. I typically disassemble everything, scrub the parts down with a mixture of hot soapy water and bleach, then leave the pieces to soak in the soapy water and bleach for an hour or so. Finally, I rinse everything thoroughly and allow it to air dry.

All things considered, I really like the Norpro 151 for its value (it costs less than $30), compact size, manual operation, and simplicity to disassemble and clean. It works perfectly for my current needs, which is processing small amounts of rabbit meat for my family, but it may not be the ideal choice if you need to process a large volume of meat at once.

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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