How to Sharpen Meat Grinder Blades

Introduction: How to Sharpen Meat Grinder Blades

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When you have a meat grinder, you need to make sure that you keep the blades sharp. This will make sure that it’s easy for you to chop up all the meat. Thankfully, keeping the blades sharp doesn’t need to be a complex process - trust me, as I housewife I've seen it all.
So let’s look at the steps you need to go through.

Supplies

  • glass
  • damp cloth
  • sandpaper (120 grit and 600 grit)
  • marker pen (for marking details)
  • a pa

Step 1: Prepare the Area

The first thing that you need to do is to prepare the area for sharpening. This tends to be a very simple process. First, you’ll need to lay down a sheet of glass or a mirror. When you do this, make sure that you find a flat surface. You’ll also need to use a damp cloth to wet the area, then place a piece of 120 grit sandpaper onto the glass.
By doing this, the sandpaper should stick in place.

Step 2: Dismantle the Meat Grinder

The next thing that you need to do is take the grinder apart to remove the blades. The type of tool you’ll need to use will often depend on the type of fastener holding everything in place. Before taking any parts out, make sure that you remember how everything is meant to slot together. In some cases, there might be numbers on the bottom, to show the order that they should be assembled in. If there aren’t any numbers, you might want to use a marker pen to add your own numbers.

As you’re taking out each part, have a cloth ready. Wipe everything down, removing any excess meat/bread. Remember to take care when dismantling the meat grinder, as there might be some sharp parts, which you might scratch yourself on.

It's pretty handle if you could find a manual or a Youtube tutorial for assembling your meat grinder like it was in my case:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTyg9KLduM8

Step 3: Sharpen the Blades

Once the blades are out, you’ll be able to work on sharpening them up. This doesn’t need to be a complex process. However, before you start, put on a pair of gloves, to make sure that you don’t accidentally cut yourself. First, you’ll want to use the 120 grit sandpaper to sharpen the blades. To make sure that everything has been sharpened properly, you’ll need to use a figure of eight patterns. When doing this, keep a 45-degree angle on the sandpaper. This will sharpen each part of the blade evenly.

Once this is complete, you’ll need to make sure that you wipe away the blade and any metal shavings.

Step 4: Finishing the Process

To finish off the sharpening process, you’ll need to use 600 grit sandpaper, running it over the blade around four times. To test that the blade has been sharped properly, try slicing through some paper. To finish it off, run the blade through some water. Then, when it’s dry, re-assemble the machine.

Step 5: The End

To make sure that your meat grinder remains effective, you’ll need to keep the blades sharp. This will ensure that you can keep slicing through thick cuts quickly. It will also extend the life of the machine (like it did with mine, we're using our current LEM more than 20 years - and my mother gave it to me).

So, use these tips to make sure that you keep your meat grinder blades in excellent condition.

Hope you'll find these tips useful.

Judith xoxo

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    3 Comments

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    tytower
    tytower

    1 year ago

    Its not terribly clear is it. The blade sharpening bit I mean . Where does the 45 degrees come in ? Most blades are just flat on the paper , and the sandpaper should be wet and dry emery paper .What is the rub over 4 times with 600 about? Sure use the same glass and water trick with 600 grit for the final sharpening but "rub over"? Again most of these are done on the flat that I have seen .
    If you are trying to sharpen the rounded edge then care must be taken not to round over the cutting edge and the rounded or angled part should be done before the flat sharpening 120 and 600 grit. 400 grit would be better.

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    Alex in NZ
    Alex in NZ

    1 year ago

    This is _exactly_ the kind of thing that someone is going to search for in the future and be delighted that they found. I'm already pretty delighted I've found it. Thank you for sharing your method, and congratulations on the enormous collection of blades shown in step 2.

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    seamster
    seamster

    1 year ago

    Great info, thank you for sharing : )