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Gareth

Lidl's heads up: Mincer and sausage maker.

From this Thursday; 1st of July Lidl's will have their very good, low cost mincer and sausage maker on the shelves at just £34.99.

I shall be buying one this year, as I have missed them in the previous 3 years due to being away at the time. I also know that several OTGers have and use this particular product and have given it their approval.

http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/lidl_uk/hs.xsl/index_11878.htm
debbie

er, I have one.  The meat needs to be virtuallhy frozen before it will mince properly and it blew up within 5 months.  maybe it was just mine but its not one that I would recommend
bodger

Two good posts, but you've been warned that everything that glitters isn't always gold.
chicken feed

i would second debbie's post i think it would be ok for small ammounts but not to do a good batch with imho
Bazzer

I've looked at a few things in our local Lidl's.
Stuff's not too sad but you get what you pay for.
Not saying that it's cheap crap but not much would stand up to heavy use.
debbie

not particularly heavy use - maybe 4 or 5 pounds of pork once a week if that - but in one go though - if you were making sausages you would be unlikely to mince less I think.
dtalbot

debbie wrote:
er, I have one. †The meat needs to be virtuallhy frozen before it will mince properly and it blew up within 5 months. †maybe it was just mine but its not one that I would recommend


Take advantage of the 3 year warranty then! I've always found the Aldi/Lidl customer support spot on.
debbie

if i can find the receipt I will do but i don't hav the original box anymore
dtalbot

Customer support number is usually on the outside of the box, look it up then itcan't hurt giving them a call receipt or not!!
Gareth

Well, I bought one of he Lidl's mincers today.

So far I have put 2 lb of (thawed) diced Pork marinated (then drained) in Blackberry vinegar through it   ..... ..... .... twice, once through the course screen, and once through the finest screen. Not once did it cough, splutter or stall. Neither did the motor sound laboured, over worked or strained at anytime.

I am very pleased with the results of this Pork that I minced: it is now a batch of Scotch Eggs currently baking in the oven.

As for the durability, endurance, and longevity of the machine on the whole, I cannot yet comment as only time will tell. However, Lois & I will not be mincing anywhere near the amounts of Meat that Debbie did; 5lbs a week. We'll be extremely lucky if we put 25-30lb of meat through it a year.

I am going to recommend this mincer for those, like use will be low level users
debbie

Lets hope it was just mine the Gareth.  As Isaid, using thecourse plate the meat needed to be virtually frozen otherwise the mincer just clogged and had to be taken apart.  i have found the receipt and will be takin it back.
attheshorts

got one last year only put a couple of rabbits throught it for burgers and it was fine .dont know about heavy use but it will do  for what i nead.
debbie

it was fine for totally lean meat but something like belly or shoulder for sausages, not a hope.
Stoatman

It's quite hard to find a really good mincer for domestic use. We started with one of the Porkert hand cranked ones, but my darling wife once minced most of a red deer with it, and was walking like Quasimodo for a week afterwards. Then we tried one attached to a Kitchen Aid machine, and the gears melted.

Finally I took a deep breath and bought a commercial machine secondhand. Mainca I think it is, but the lady wife renamed it Julian Clary, as it is a great big mincer.
bodger

   
debbie

 we have  a great big inductrial mincer and hydrolic stuffer in the white room buts its a pain in the neck to clean when you just want 4 or 5 pounds of mince to try out a new recipe or something so I thought this little machine would fill in the gap - wrong!
Stoatman

We have an 8ltr Sirman hand-cranked stuffer, it had lain around unsold at the catering suppliers for years and we got it at a bargain price. For small amounts, the Porkert mincer has a stuffing tube set you can attach. Not all that easy to use compared to the big stuff, but enough for a couple of pounds as a test batch.

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