Kitchens are now better equipped than ever before. While our parents and grandparents had to make do with the just a few appliances and limited cookware, we’ve grown accustomed to much bigger and better-appointed work spaces, an enormous supply of kitchen gadgetry and dedicated appliances, plus plenty of hand utensils.
Meat grinders, until recently mostly only seen in commercial surroundings and in the homes of avid hunters, are becoming more common as more accomplished cooks desire to have more control over the quality and freshness of all the ingredients they use. Manufacturers have responded with a wide selection of electric meat grinders suitable for the average home’s kitchen.
The Sunmile Electric Meat Grinder SM-G50 is an able offering in the household food prep marketplace. It’s got a clean, streamlined style, and stainless steel food handling surfaces to make it easy to clean for such a workhorse.
- On/Off switch with reverse with reset button: Great for backing up jams caused by bones. Less capable machines without reverse require dis-assembly to clear jams.
- All-metal gear box: Grinders get a real workout compared to some other kitchen appliances. An all-metal gearbox is a nice feature, a throwback to a time when kitchen appliances were sturdier than they are today.
- 350 Watts of continuous power: Power peaks at 1000 watts when locked, or under strain, which is very powerful for a meat grinder designed for home use. The manufacturer estimates you’ll be able to grind meat up to 200 pounds per hour.
- Circuit breaker equipped: The breaker will pop if you encounter a jam that might burn out the motor.
- I cutting blade made of stainless steel.
- 3 stainless steel cutting plates.
- 1 set Kubbe attachments.
- 3 separate sausage attachments.
- I plastic food rammer.
- Cord storage inside: Great for smaller kitchens where small appliances must be stored away daily.
- Manufactured in an ISO9001 standard factory.
User Reviews of the Sunmile 1.3 HP SM-G50
The Sunmile SM-G50 is very highly regarded by its users. Some have upgraded from using meat grinding attachments on other kitchen appliances that aren’t dedicated to grinding meat, and marvel at what a difference a purpose-built machine can bring to the process. Noise levels are a concern for some, but not enough to affect their high marks for the machine. In fairness, it’s almost impossible to make a quiet meat grinder. It’s an inherently noisy process, and in order to process the meat it has to expose to the sound of the cutting blade.
Many users report that popping the meat into a freezer for a short time to firm it up before grinding improved the quality of the cuts. Professional butchers often add ice to meat in big grinders, both to act as a lubricant and chill the meat, so that’s good advice.
It’s difficult to find a less than five-star rating of the The Sunmile SM-G50. One user took off two stars over confusion over the wattage rating, then reported that he ground an entire bear and part of a deer in less than five hours, and said the Sunmile worked great. If that’s your worst review, you know you’re doing something right. The Sunmile SM-G50 has a list price of $129.99.