Cranberry Grinding

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Forum topic by lab7654 posted 11-14-2013 04:00 AM 1126 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2013 04:00 AM

Alright, I need to poll some wisdom. LJ’s is the only forum I belong to, so might as well try here. My great-grandmother’s cranberry fluff desert was always a hit at Thanksgiving. She passed away two years ago, but not before passing the recipe onto my mother. Unfortunately, the meat grinder she used to pulverize the cranberries was lost somewhere along the line. My mom is under the impression that hers was a specific kind and did the cranberries just right. I think any meat grinder would work well enough, but I need some opinions. I’ve done enough research to know that you need to spend a fair bit of money to get a decent manual grinder. Most of the ones in my budget are Chinese garbage and receive 1 star reviews. What do these suckers have to be made of to not rust or fall apart, cast iron? stainless steel? tinned? Any specific brands/models that have worked particularly well? Anything would be appreciated. I’d like to spend under $40, but I doubt that will happen.

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 04:09 AM

All the old grinders were cast iron I believe. They had some kind of very thin plating on them that lasted until they were washed. It was almost like cheap paint. They are all the same. Might try an antique store for an older one. maybe a flea market. Better hurry since we are entering the holiday season. Have a great thanksgiving.

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 06:28 PM

You might be able to get close to the same texture using a food processor.
Will surely take some trial and error testing.

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#3 posted 11-26-2013 01:46 AM

Try Lehmans Hardware, You ca go to they have a decent one for around $70.00, Cheaperthendirt,com, or Cabelas, they all have some pretty decent ones for about that price, they will all give about the same grind.

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#4 posted 11-26-2013 03:05 AM

Food processor definitely won’t get the texture a grinder will. I’ve been looking for a meat grinder and this site was recommended to me. I have not bought from there yet, so make your own judgement. The FAQ has some good information, and they do carry a variety of brands including the better ones, so at least it’s a good place to start your research.

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