I love salami. I’ve always wanted to turn a portion of a carcass of deer into salami but I’ve misplace my hand-crank meat grinder. It got lost in storage somewhere. So, I’m looking around, perhaps for something better like this hand-cranking model hooked up to a motor:
That would do me but there are even more powerful units available. I’m not in that great a rush…
The video, above, shoes a rather high rpm for such a grinder. Usually, folks run them ~100 rpm. That takes a two-stage speed reduction that requires intermediate pulleys or gears like this:
Turning it faster just wastes more energy:
Mixing fat, meat and maranade/cure/brine/spice and stuffing casings can be accomplished using the grinder, too, saving a lot of effort. Prices vary a lot. One can buy stainless steel, aluminium, or a bunch of different accessories and mountings. I guess we will put off the purchase to next year and spend all winter shopping the web. Too bad the Chinese sites have such a language barrier because they make all of these but often in the ads one can’t figure out what the heck they are selling (descriptions of one, pix of another, dimensions that make no sense…). e-mail becomes a necessity. 🙁 Well, to save half the cost or more, I guess that’s worthwhile.