I received a lot of Grandma’s gadgets over the years, including a meat grinder. It looked a little scary, so I tucked it back in the corner of the pantry and pretended I didn’t have it. However, I’ve discovered that grinding your own meats and grains is a great way to get fresher, healthier and, often, cheaper food. Now, I don’t have a grain mill yet and I don’t use my scary grinder from Grandma very often. (In fact, I think I only used it the one time, when I ground up ham for deviled ham sandwiches. They were good, but it wasn’t fun to do.)
What I have been doing, though, is keeping an eye out for great sales on organic meat. Then, I pick up that bargain roast and ask the butcher to grind it up for me. Instead of getting a bunch of nasty scraps noone in their right mind would eat until they are ground up, I get pure ground beef.
I am looking for a good sale on a grain mill, but, from what I’ve been reading, the key is to get a mill with a lot of steel and very little plastic so that it lasts for centuries. (Or at least longer than a week!) From everything I’ve heard and all the reviews I’ve looked at, there is one clear winner in the grain mill department – the Country Living Grain Mill. It also is pretty pricey. The second favorite seems to be the Lehman’s Best Grain Mill, which is about half the price. I think I’ll get the Lehman’s model for my use.