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What Food Processor for Raw Batches?

MasterC17

Savannah Child
#1
Hey Everyone, I make 10lb batches of food for my Savannah which at this point lasts less than two weeks.

At first, I was using a blender which worked, but wasn't great.

Then I switched to a food processor, which is what I am currently using: https://smile.amazon.com/Hamilton-B...qid=1518966175&sr=1-4&keywords=food+processor

Again it works, but it is not great. I have been making the 10lb batches in 1/4 increments, so basically 2.5lbs each time and the food processor struggles to keep up.

I would love to be able to make 5lbs at a time, or even the full 10lbs to save time. It usually takes me about an hour to make a full 10lbs of food.

I was looking into either purchasing this: https://smile.amazon.com/Cuisinart-..._bm34xtew7k6g88s_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&s=kitchen

or this: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B005I6Z...e=sl1&linkId=c1a2039456b570dfc9bc70fa6f80e82a

What does everyone else use to make their raw batches? Any tricks to save time?

Thanks!
 

DumaLove

Site Supporter
Staff member
#2
Chris you're much better off getting an actual meat grinder that can do bones for that amount of money. This is the small grinder I recommend, it is warranteed to do soft bones like chicken and rabbit: http://www.onestopjerkyshop.com/tasin-ts-108-tasin-ts-108-electric-meat-grinder/

Many raw feeders use a Weston 22 or something similar, but that's a much more expensive machine and overkill for how much you make in your batches. Here we make about 80-120 pounds at a time. :)
 

Rafiki

Site Supporter
#3
I use the same grinder as DumaLove. I use the medium wheel for the meat/bone combinations and I use the large wheel to chunk meat such as beef, pork or turkey to add to the grind. My cats love anything with rabbit mixed in. I also add Kittybloom supplements as well as added taurine.
 

Ninja-n-Bear

Site Supporter
#4
Agreed, a meat grinder is the best option. We shopped around and finally went with a Sunmile Super Grinder. It is less expensive than other brands it's size\power, and has metal gears - many of the other brands use plastic. It won't grind big bones, but we've had no trouble with rabbit, quail, and game hen bones. Our boys don't eat chicken, so not sure if it would handle those bones, but many reviewers said it does.

https://www.amazon.com/Sunmile-SM-G50-Electric-Grinder-Sausage/dp/B005EPJAT8

Whatever you decide, a reverse switch is a must-have, it will make your life so much easier!
 

DumaLove

Site Supporter
Staff member
#5
Agreed, a meat grinder is the best option. We shopped around and finally went with a Sunmile Super Grinder. It is less expensive than other brands it's size\power, and has metal gears - many of the other brands use plastic. It won't grind big bones, but we've had no trouble with rabbit, quail, and game hen bones. Our boys don't eat chicken, so not sure if it would handle those bones, but many reviewers said it does.

https://www.amazon.com/Sunmile-SM-G50-Electric-Grinder-Sausage/dp/B005EPJAT8

Whatever you decide, a reverse switch is a must-have, it will make your life so much easier!
Do you know if that one is warranteed for grinding bones?
 

DumaLove

Site Supporter
Staff member
#7
I'm not 100% sure, but probably not. I bought it based on user reviews. Those with large herds may want a beefier machine, lol.
OK that's good to know. The Tasin 108 from One stop jerky shop also has metal gears, a reverse switch, and his warranty to grind soft bones like chicken, rabbit, and duck. It is also right around the same price at about $160.
 

Ninja-n-Bear

Site Supporter
#8
OK that's good to know. The Tasin 108 from One stop jerky shop also has metal gears, a reverse switch, and his warranty to grind soft bones like chicken, rabbit, and duck. It is also right around the same price at about $160.
Oh, fantastic! I'll keep that one mind for when we need a replacement.

Also, we checked the booklet that came with ours, and it says to use reverse when jammed by bones, etc, so it might be warranteed for that after all.
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
#9
I started out with the Tasin, but frankly it kept freezing and really couldn't handle the chicken bones very well, so I upgraded to the Weston Pro #22 and it works great!