Weston No. 22 Commercial Meat Grinder and Sausage Stuffer Review
Weston! They say their mission is to fuel a movement of food traditionalists with enduring well built products. A movement! That seems a bit ambitious, don’t you think? That was what went through my mind before I met a Weston product. I met one. I’m converted. A movement isn’t as far fetched as one would think. With products such as the Weston No 22 Commercial Meat Grinder and Sausage Stuffer, they are bound to create that movement of food traditionalists. First of all, this meat grinder is called No 22. I have no Idea why so we’ll gloss over that piece of information. Second, it’s a commercial meat grinder. That means it packs a punch. It’s a workhorse. It’s got a bark and a bite. Third, its very look shows that it means business. It was created for the grind. To put it plainly, it wasn’t built to win any beauty contests so if you need an appliance to boost the aesthetics of your kitchen then you’re lost my friend. If you want an appliance that will grind, tear, crush meat and everything associated with it then, trust me, the Weston No 22 is the machine for the job. Okay, introducing the No 22.
Weston No. 22 Commercial Meat Grinder and Sausage Stuffer Overview
This is a big machine, no one can deny that. It measures 24 inches by 10 inches by 16 inches. Now, if you’re buying it for actual commercial use then this won’t be a problem for you. However, if you want this for your kitchen at home then you’ll need to spare a lot of space. And it’s heavy too. Weighing in at 60 pounds, forget any sense of the word portability. But let’s not be too prejudiced on account of its weight, shall we? It can be a good thing because it’s made of stainless steel all round. The build is very sturdy. It’s muscular. It’s rugged. Nothing about the Weston No 22 is delicate. Now you see why it’s so heavy. And, of course, this being a commercial grinder by pedigree the strength is mandatory. Does it bite? With a HP 750 watt motor, it certainly gets the job done. But wait! How much does it set you back, you ask? About $450.
Weston No. 22 Commercial Meat Grinder and Sausage Stuffer Style and Design
Now hold on people. Yes, it is pricey but remember, it’s a commercial grinder. It’s a workhorse. Weston tells us that it can grind four to six pounds of meat per minute. That’s right, per minute. That’s about 725 pounds per hour. They didn’t lie. The Weston No 22 growls hungrily when powered. Feed in the meat and it rapidly spits it out completely ground. The massive grinding tray holds the meat in wait as the machine eagerly munches through them. In a cinch your meat grinding project is done. But it doesn’t just grind meat, it also makes sausages. Included, is a set of three sausage stuffing funnels for all you sausage lovers.
Peer underneath it and you’ll see it has been conveniently fitted with non-slip rubber feet for added stability. Of course, since it’s got quite some heft, it doesn’t make any attempts to escape the work surface. Still on safety, Weston built in a circuit breaker. Perhaps you’re grinding away and suddenly there happens to be a jam. This circuit breaker immediately cuts power from the motor, instantly silencing it and at the same time alerting you of the anomaly. Clearing the jam is a breeze. The grinder disassembles beautifully and lets you clear it quickly.
While we’re still on the subject of disassembly, getting the parts apart is easy and cleaning it isn’t a test of patience. It actually takes about 10 minutes to get the machine nice and shiny.
Right, let’s break down the Weston No 22’s pros and cons, shall we?
Weston No. 22 Commercial Meat Grinder and Sausage Stuffer Pros and Cons
- It’s made of a hard wearing, sturdy stainless steel material. There are no plastic parts and that’s a good thing. That means it will work long hours without you having to worry of break downs.
- The stainless steel material makes it heavy and before you say that’s a con, this heft makes the machine stable while working. To add onto this stability, there are non slip rubber feet fitted underneath.
- The motor is powerful. 750 Watts is no joke people. And it’s permanently lubricated. And it’s air cooled. And it gets the grinder working quickly and efficiently. Being able to clear about 725 pounds in an hour, it certainly is a heavy duty grinder.
- For safety, the circuit breaker keeps the motor from operating in the event of a jam.
- Then, disassembly is surprisingly easy. This comes in handy when clearing a jam or when cleaning. Incidentally, the cleaning process isn’t complicated and takes just about 10 minutes.
- We had to really rack our brains to come up with a con and here it is. The Weston No 22 is heavy. And this acts both as a pro and a con. In terms of portability, this isn’t a good thing.
Weston No. 22 Commercial Meat Grinder and Sausage Stuffer Ratings
With appliances like these, Weston is bound to get that movement of food traditionalists going, without a doubt. This grinder is at the top of the grinder game. It works hard and works well getting you wonderfully ground meat. And if you prepare dog or cat food, it easily grinds through the bones. Those complaining about its heft need to remember that it’s first and foremost a commercial machine. It wasn’t made for the simple life. Yes, it’s expensive but then you know you’re buying a grinder that will serve you diligently for years. The Weston No 22 certainly lives up to the hype. With that it earns a stellar 5 out of 5.
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