Special Update – I have recommended this grinder a long time and I still do. I first brought it to you in 2017 and to this day it is still one of the best bangs for the buck out there. With the inflation in meat prices though I now see this as paying for itself, and quite quickly. Ground meat is super expensive and so are steaks. If you start buying larger cuts, cutting your own steaks and roasts and grinding your trim, you can pay for this thing easily in 2-3 months and it is all “profit” past that.
If like many in the TSP world you eat a lot of meat, no reason you can’t pay for it in a month. Tune in to episode 3340 to hear more about this right after my anchor segment. Also if you want to see examples of how to do this with many cuts of meat, check out “MeatDad” on TikTok, some of his stuff is really great.
Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the STX-3000 Turboforce Meat Grinder. I spent a lot of time in 2017 deciding on what meat grinder I wanted to buy. I was pretty much in love with the Cabela’s Carnivore but had a real hard time paying 400-500 dollars for a grinder. Specifically since I use one heavily 2-3 times a year during hunting season, then only about 1-2 times a month for small amounts throughout the year.
So I looked at a lot of options but came down on the STX-3000 Turboforce Meat Grinder because I firmly believe it is the best value under 300 dollars on the market. First it is a size 12, in other words big, it has great capacity. It also has two speeds and a reverse setting, which at times can be important.
It comes with three blades, most only come with one and while such blades are a standard product in all grinders they usually cost 12-20 bucks a piece to replace. It is also powerful. The first weekend I had it,I put 20lbs of deer and pork though it in about 15 minutes and it worked flawlessly. One day I had a beef roast that I wasn’t thrilled with as a roast, so I picked up some pork and ground up both with the wagon wheel for chili meat. It took longer to take it out than it did to put 10 lbs of meat though it.
After months of research, using several different grinders and finally buying and using this one I have found THE GRINDER I recommend. I can promise you that you will not be disappointed with this one.
On another note we made about 20 lbs of sausage with this grinder using the sausage stuffer attachment. Dorothy and I ended up getting pretty good at it, but was the last time I used a grinder, any grinder to stuff sausage. I have now added the LEM 5 pound stuffer to our pantry. The grinder worked fine as a stuffer but takes about 4 times as long as using a dedicated stuffer to do the job.
It also makes keeping meat more chunky if that is what you are looking for in a sausage impossible. Even if you grind your meat chunky, that second time around the screw breaks it down a lot more even without the cutting blades involved. A stuffer simply pushes the meat into the casing with no screw or friction, so it is a better tool for the job. Yes it is a unitasker, but for some tasks a unitasker is the right fit.
In this case for grinding you just can’t beat the STX-3000 Turboforce Meat Grinder unless you spend hundreds of dollars more, and then, you don’t beat it by that much. So if you need a grinder in your kitchen, I can’t recommend this highly enough.
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P.S. – Here are a few videos I posted to facebook using this grinder.
Even though these videos are on facebook, you should be able to see them even if you don’t have a facebook account as they are publicly posted.