KitchenAid FGA Food Grinder Attachment for Stand Mixers
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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2007
Do not buy this attachment. We used it(following the instructions) for about 10 min. grinding about 3 lbs of lean meat and the main drive gear of the MIXER broke. We replaced the gear (no help from KitchenAid), and tried it again on some pork trim and after a few minutes and less than 1 lb. it happened again! Do not waste your time and money on this attachment- buy a meat grinder- we have since bought a waring pro M800 and I recommned it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2011
First of all, I love my KitchenAid mixer. I decided to try the grinder and the sausage stuffer to make some Szechuan sausage so bought both from Amazon. The product works well, except one issue which is the retainer bar - maybe it works for western style sausage but it does not work with Szechuan sausage which all pork should go in like 1cm x 1cm pieces. The bar stops those big pieces from going in smoothly but can be removed to reduce the problem.

In the end I made 10 pounds of the sausage in 1 hour, but then I noticed something disgusting. I had some pork left so I decided to grinder them - and the blade was working well...huh? Why some of the ground pork coming out in grey/black?

I double checked the pork, nothing found. I'm pretty sure it was not coming from the pieces of pork I put in, so where did that come from? I disassembled the grinder and found the problem. All the black grease was coming from the place between the grind worm and the body! I took several pictures and uploaded here so you can check it by yourself. Maybe this is to ensure the worm goes smoothly after storage and transport, but in the manual no where mentioned this, and it is extremely tough to clean. Plus, I don't even know if this can be eaten or not.

Now my headache is the 10 pounds of sausage - should I eat them? To face the high risk of food poisoning is not something I want but what a waste...
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2002
This is the only attachment that I've bought so far for my Kitchenaid stand mixer, and it has paid for itself in two months!
Now, I'm not a gourmet chef (unfortuantely for my husband), and I have no prior experience making sausage (unfortunately for me), but it is surprising how inspirational a little gadget like this can be when I have had such success for so little effort with several recipes. Even though I have only used this attachment for grinding my own beef and turkey, my meatballs and meatloaf have suddenly become toddler-friendly. Even re-grinding ground meat from the grocery store to a finer consistency has boosted my swedish meatballs considerably.
I admit to having no experience with other brands of grinders, so I cannot compare Kitchenaid's -- but I see no reason to try.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2011
I have ground both hamburger and sausages with this grinder, and it does very well if the meat is partially frozen, and if you are looking for a fine grind, you pass it through the large disc first, then through the smaller disc. I was especially pleased with the hamburger, and being able to control the mix of meats in the final product. Perfect for home cooks interested in grinding their own meats and sausages.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I originally gave this product a five star review but after using this food grinder several times I noticed gray or black metallic looking material in our ground meat. Friday when I was putting away the food grinder parts I noticed a black/gray substance rubbing off onto my hand or fingers. It seems as other reviewers have written the food grinder is literally eating itself up. I can not state whether the gray/black substance found in the meat, and behind the blade is metal, but it sure looks like it could be. (I noticed the metal gray or black material behind the cutter and grinding plate when washing it.) I am sending this back to Amazon as this seems to be a poorly designed product. Normally KitchenAid makes good products so I am surprised how this one did not work right.

Finally, the ground meat turns out very light and tender. It's too bad there might me foreign matter in it because of this seemingly poor design.

Do not recommend.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2012
I purchased the KitchenAid Food Grinder several months ago. I was a bit concerned by some product reviews that mentioned the problem of micro metal shavings being created by the grinding action of the knife and the grinding plates. I was also concerned by the lack of meaningful response from customer support at KitchenAid. I decided that KitchenAid was a good enough brand that I would take a chance on the unit.

Unfortunately, the micro metal shavings problem is a real problem. Each time I have used the unit for grinding meet, cheese, etc. the problem has occurred. I have tried adjusting the tightness of the grinding plate ring various ways, all to no avail. I don't know if this is a meaningful problem, but I am of the opinion that all things being considered, I would rather not be ingesting even very small amounts of micro metal shavings. If this does not bother you, then this unit is a decent grinder.

KitchenAid seems to have missed on this one. And, more importantly, has not fixed what is clearly an identified problem. I will be contacting the FDA to see what concerns I should have with regard to ingesting metal from this unit.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2013
I bought this last week and was not satisfied with the product. The stationary metal grinding plates come in contact with the rotating drive shaft which produce metal shards which mix with the meat to produce the dreaded grey ooze. I even tested this theory by setting some ooze aside and letting it dry. Shiny metal shards were clearly visible. Furthermore, I took a permanent marker and drew a ring around the hole on the back of the grinding plate and ran it for a minute. Took it apart and sure enough, the mark had been ground off. At this point metal wear was clearly visible. In further experiments it seems that the tighter you tighten the plastic cap (always hand tighten) the more friction, grinding and ooze was created. Also the drive shaft is hard steel (as it should be) and applies torque to the cutting blade which is cast aluminum. It will not hold up under repeated stress and time. Kitchen Aid offered me a no hassle exchange with free return shipping but I declined and just got my money back. In my opinion this is such a seriously flawed design that I cannot believe it can actually be sold in modern times.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I bought the Food Grinder attachment a few years back and use it on a semi-regular basis for meat grinding and making cranbery relish.

I typically grind 5 or 6 pounds of meat for chili and the grinder does a pretty good job of it. I've found that you can't stuff the grinder full of meat or the mixer motor begins to bog down pretty badly. I have the Kitchenaid Pro-line version of the mixer, not the lower powered mixer. If you're going to be using the lower end model, make sure you don't overwork the unit.

Usually, I need to cube the meat and only feed a few pieces at a time. Still, it gives a nice consistant grind and is easy to clean up when I'm done.

When I make cranberry/orange relish, the grinder does a good job of keeping the juice where it belongs and not leaking all over like the old mechanical grinder I used to use.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2001
I had a stand-alone food grinder that I had used for meat grinding for years. The "knife" broke in half while I was preparing dinner for out-of-town visitors, dinner was over an hour late for everyone.
This food grinder's "knife" is double the thickness of the one that broke and the whole unit is robust.
The unit goes though food easily, with power to spare and does not get clogged.
If I could change anything it would be the hieght of the grinder. Due to the total height when attached to the mixer, you may require a lower work surface. Also the food tray is a must for anyone who uses the grinder often.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2006
I purchased this grinder attachment to grind meat. It simply does not work well. I followed the instructions, cut up the meat and partially froze it, and it seems to overwork the mixer. I tried several times, and I don't want to damage the mixer, so I have given up using this attachment.
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