Old-fashioned grinders are the best meat grinders for grinding meat to the ideal consistency. But cleaning them can be a real chore. These meat grinders are made of cast-iron which requires time and some elbow grease to get rid of all the oil and grime that gets trapped in the nooks and crannies.
Follow these steps to get the grinder clean and hygienic after use:
Step 1 – Bread Grinder
Process bread through the grinder. The bread will soak up all the grease and oil that was left behind by grinding meat and get into all the different areas that are difficult to reach. This will make cleaning the grinder much easier down the line.
Step 2 – Disassemble
To clean the grinder properly, it is going to need to be taken apart. This shouldn’t require any tools as most antique grinders are held together with nuts and butterfly screws that are simple to remove. However, disassembly does depend on the type of grinder. Remember how the grinder was taken apart so that it is easy to reassemble at the end of the cleaning process.
Step 3 – Soak
Dilute dish wash detergent in hot water and place all the parts in the solution to soak for about 20 minutes. Dish washing detergent is designed to breakdown grease and grime and the hot water will soften any hard bits or residue that has built-up on the surface and in corners.
Step 4 – Scrub
A sponge should easily scrub the different parts clean. However, a toothbrush is great for getting into those hard to reach places. Use a little extra dish washing detergent if necessary. There is no need to be gentle as cast-iron is hardy and tough and should not scratch or become abraded. However, be careful when dealing with the blade. It is sharp and therefore there is a risk of cutting yourself and it is important not to dull the blade.
Step 5 – Rinse
Make sure that the all the parts have been rinsed well in warm water and that there is no grease, food debris or detergent residue remaining.
Step 6 – Dry And Oil
Use a dry cloth to dry up excess water and then allow the grinder to air dry. When it is entirely dry, apply food grade mineral oil to the surface. This will prevent damage and rust. Store each part in a sealed container or bag. Add some rice to absorb any moisture.