so, i bought this awesome meat grinder:
Norpro Meat Grinder, Mincer, and Pasta Maker
at least it was awesome the first 2 times i used it. it's cheap, light, attaches to surface perfectly, and it minced the meat with amazing ease.. but only the first 2 times. the last 2 times, it just kept getting clogged.
I am mincing grassfed organic strip steaks, to make beef tartar. and what tends to happen lately, is some if it comes out, and promptly stops, and the meat is sort of getting milled into almost a stringy paste, as the thing is getting jammed and the meat has nowhere to go. than i have to disasemble it, unwind the stringy meat, assemble it back, and mince a little, and repeat this process 4-5 times for a single steak.
i am not sure if there was something i did unknowingly different the first 2 times when it worked like a charm the whole way. i even tried switching the metal plates from fine to coarse, but that didn't make any difference.
im sure the grinder didn't just go bad after 2 uses, so maybe it was the kind of steak i got ? i cut the last one (.9 lbs) into 3 pieces, and even cut off the fatty part before grinding.