Cleaning the Meat Grinder

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by nakom, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. nakom

    nakom Fire Starter

    I have a meat grinder from Northern Tool and i put it in the dish washer to make sure it was good and clean after use and it come out of the dish washer black and it comes off on your hands.  Not sure how to get it off and get it back to the silver it should be.  Nothing is wrong with the dishwasher so no clue what happened.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hmm that is how I wash mine most of the time.
  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    New one on me.  Is the black stuff greasy?  Do you have a lot of sulfur in your water?  What was it washed with?  Do you have the same problem with other metal objects.  I know the sulfur? in eggs will cause my pots to turn black.

    If it was tarnish it wouldn't come off on your hands without a good bit of rubbing
  4. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Is this a stainless steel or a tinned cast iron grinder head?

    Here's the thing about dishwasher detergents: they have a highly concentrated caustic solution...without it, the dishwasher will not remove food from your pots, pans or dishes. Caustics can damage tinned surfaces, and may cause damage to certain grades of stainless as well.

    I don't know what everyone else does to clean their meat grinders and other meat handling/processing equipment, but I prefer the old fashioned hand washing with liquid dish soap and hot water...just me.

  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I am 100% with Eric on this one. I use dishsoap and a little bleach like a spoonful and clean everything with a brush then I lube it with LEM lube to protect it until the next use 
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You might try soaking all the blackened parts in a vinegar solution. The acid should neutralize the caustic in the dishwashing soap.
  7. nakom

    nakom Fire Starter

    It is tined cast iron I am pretty sure.  I read the directions and it didnt say you could not wash it in the dishwasher so i did.  I washed all the pieces by hand first really used the hot setting in dishwasher just to make sure I got it sterilized.  Hope I didnt wreck it, would be stupid if that happened on this.

    Thanks I will try the vinegar trick and see what happens.
  8. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I only put stainless steel in the dishwasher, and then I do it carefully.  Cast iron and aluminum don't like the dishwasher detergent.

    Good luck and good smoking!
  9. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    We went around on this subject a while back when Princess bought a new tool and got the same oxidation.  As Forluvofsmoke mentioned, handwash it.  You can use a wipe to disinfect if you desire, and get a food grade silicone spray similar to that offered by LEM.  After all the cleaning, I spray all the metal items prior to storage, ready for the next use.
  10. nakom

    nakom Fire Starter

    Since it already happened is there a way to clean it off or is it ruined?
  11. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's not ruined, it just had the anodizing removed from the aluminum parts.

    Use it and enjoy it!

    There is a slim chance according to research that the use of aluminum cookware contributes to Alzheimer's but I don't think a few pounds of cold meat going thru the stuffer will hurt ya.

    My opinion, Dan
  12. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I remeber when this happened to princess. Hopfully she will post up
  13. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If I remember correctly in one thread, someone called the manufacturer and was told NOT to use a Dishwasher.
  14. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    We get it with our juicer & meat grinder on our Kitchen Aid Mixer. I don't know what causes it but it washes right off.
  15. nakom

    nakom Fire Starter

    I have had it soaking in vinegar and water for a couple days I will try to wash it up tonight and see how it cleans up.  Thanks all for the advice I will keep you posted.
  16. I barely wash mine by hand.....after running oven-dried bread thru the grinder.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2014
  17. Most grinders and this type of equipment aren't supposed to go in the dishwasher.  My wife ruined my first meat grinder by putting it in the dishwasher.   Same thing happened as you're describing. 
  18. Many are made of carbon steel that's been coated with tin.  And carbon steel can rust easily and so a few manual grinders out there are made from stainless steel.  I prefer carbon steel: it's much sharper and easier to sharpen than stainless.
  19. Just an FYI for everyone:

    At least some if not all of the samples which tended to show aluminum in alzheimer patients brain tissue was

    contaminated with aluminum in the lab prior to testing. 

    The jury is still out I guess, but there currently is still no solid finding that aluminum ingestion due to cooking

    with aluminum pans or using deodorant with aluminum chlorohydrate will cause alzheimers. 
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2015
  20. yep .... soap ,warm water , a little bleach , a little elbow grease will do the trick ........ you also need a set of brushes to clean out the holes in the plates (yes you have to poke every last one of those pesky holes ! .....8^) ....... once dry a light spray with food grade silicone on the plates and knives will keep everything good to go until the next time you make sausage .[​IMG]

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