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In professional food preparation , having the right equipment is crucial for efficiency, quality and safety. This is especially important for businesses like butcheries and delis that work with large quantities of meat daily. Two common pieces of equipment used in meat processing are commercial meat mixers and meat mincers . While they may seem similar at first, there are a few key differences between these two machines.

What is a meat mixer?

A commercial meat mixer is a machine designed to mix and blend large quantities of meat, spices and other ingredients. It’s normally used for making sausages, burger patties and meatloaf. A meat mixer typically consists of a large mixing bowl with rotating paddles or blades that work to evenly distribute ingredients throughout the meat.

These meat mixers are ideal for food establishments that need to process a high volume of ground meat quickly and consistently. They are also very versatile and can be used for various types of meats and other ingredients.

Components and features of a meat mixer

The main component of most commercial meat mixers is the mixing paddle. This is attached to a handle that you turn manually, either by hand or with a crank. As you turn the handle, the paddles rotate and mix the meat.

The paddles also help to evenly distribute spices or seasoning that you add to the mixture, ensuring that every bite is full of flavour.

Another important feature of meat mixers is their sturdy construction and durable materials. A meat mixer's components, mostly made from stainless steel, enable it to handle large quantities of meat without breaking or bending. This makes them reliable tools for heavy use in commercial settings, such as those offered by Maxima.

In addition to its functional capabilities, a commercial meat mixer also offers benefits such as easy cleaning and maintenance. Most of Maxima’s models are designed for easy disassembly, allowing you to thoroughly clean and sanitise all parts after use.

Maxima’s professional meat mixers are designed with ease of use in mind and have the following features:

  • The removable paddles and handles are dishwasher-safe
  • Mixer can turn in both directions
  • Stands on four rubber feet to prevent sliding
  • Features either a single or double-axle
  • Also available in models with a tiltable reservoir

Benefits of using a meat mixer

Professional meat mixers are essential for establishments that produce a high volume of ground meat-based products every day. Here are some of the benefits of using a meat mixer:

Control over the mixing process

One of the main benefits of using a manual meat mixer is the control it gives you over the mixing process. Unlike automatic meat mixers, which operate at a set speed and intensity, manual mixers allow you to adjust the mixing speed and direction according to your specific needs. This is especially useful for recipes that require delicate mixing or for achieving a certain texture in your ground meat.

Versatility

These mixers can handle a variety of meats, including beef, pork, chicken and fish. They can also be used for mixing other ingredients like vegetables or spices, giving you even more creative control over your recipes. A meat mixer allows you to create unique blends and experiment with various flavours. This allows your customers to enjoy delicious and different options.

Easy to clean

Professional meat mixers are designed for easy cleaning and maintenance. Unlike more complex automatic mixers, these machines have fewer parts and are easy to disassemble and clean. This saves you time and effort and ensures that your equipment is always in top condition for use. Plus, with proper care and cleaning, a meat mixer can have a longer lifespan, saving you money in the long run.

What is a meat mincer?

A meat mincer is a machine that grinds and chops large amounts of meat into smaller pieces. It’s also called a meat grinder or chopper.

It typically consists of a feeding tray, where the meat is loaded and a mechanism that grinds the meat through sharp blades or grinding plates. Some models, such as the ones from Maxima, also have attachments for different-sized plates and sausage stuffing.

Commercial meat mincers are ideal for making ground meat for dishes like burgers, sausages and stews. They are also useful for reducing waste by using leftover or less desirable cuts of meat.

Components and features of a mincer for meat

The grinding mechanism is what physically grinds the meat into smaller pieces. Typically, a commercial meat mincer will have different-sized holes on the plate where the meat comes out, allowing for various sizes of minced meat depending on your needs. The type and quality of blades used in the grinding mechanism can also affect the speed and efficiency of the mincer. On Maxima’s website, you have the option to buy extra grinding plates, ranging from 3mm to 10mm.

Another important feature of many professional meat mincers is their reverse function. This reverse function helps to cut tough pieces such as the tendons and other connective tissues. Especially in machines with less motor power, tendons may twist up on the shaft, lowering the quality of the meat and slowing the machine down.

Most new meat mincers come standard with additional attachments and accessories . When you purchase a meat mincer from Maxima, you also get a sausage filler, stopper, two cross blades and two sizes of grinding plates.

Maxima’s professional meat mincers are designed with ease of use in mind and have the following features:

  • Stainless steel housing and top tray
  • Stands on four rubber feet to prevent sliding
  • Removable grinding section for easy cleaning
  • Parts are dishwasher-safe

Benefits of using a meat mincer

For establishments that need to grind and produce large quantities of meat daily, a professional meat mincer can be very beneficial. Here are some of the benefits of using a meat mincer:

Consistency

Using a meat mincer ensures consistency in the size and texture of your minced meat. By having a consistent texture, you can achieve even cooking and prevent unevenly cooked or burnt sections in your dishes. This is especially important for dishes such as burgers or meatballs where the texture of the meat is important.

Saves time and effort

A professional meat mincer can save you time and effort in the kitchen. Chopping meat with a knife can be time-consuming and require a lot of effort, especially when dealing with larger quantities. With a meat mincer, you can quickly and easily process large amounts of meat in a fraction of the time it would take to chop it by hand.

Versatility

Having a professional meat mincer offers versatility in your cooking options. With different attachments and settings, you can mince and grind meat to different degrees of coarseness, making it suitable for a variety of dishes such as sausages and meatloaf.

Maxima’s meat mincers are also suitable for nuts, vegetables or cheese and for making delicious stuffings, pâtés, hamburgers or sausages.

Mixer vs Mincer: Which one should you choose?

The main difference between a meat mixer and a meat mincer is how it processes the meat.

Kitchens primarily use a commercial meat mixer to mix and blend different types of meats, such as sausage or ground beef. These mixers ensure even distribution of the ingredients throughout the meat for consistent results. On the other hand, a commercial meat mincer is used to grind and chop raw meat chunks into smaller pieces. This is especially useful for businesses that need to process large quantities of meat quickly.

So, which one is better for your business? Ultimately, it depends on the type of products you offer and the demand for those products. If you mainly use already ground meat and only need to mix meat products, a meat mixer would be a good choice. However, establishments that want to grind and mince chunks of meat should rather invest in a commercial meat mincer.

It's also worth considering both options if your business has a high demand for both mixed and ground meat products. Investing in both a commercial meat mixer and a meat mincer could improve efficiency and productivity in your business.

No matter which type of equipment you choose, it's important to invest in high-quality and reliable machines that will meet the demands of your business. Meat mincers and mixers are versatile appliances, capable of handling a variety of tasks. Both machines ensure optimal texture, consistency and quality. With the right equipment, you can ensure the success and quality of your business.

Streamline your meat processing tasks today with Maxima’s meat mixers and meat mincers!