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    Mincer jamming with sinew

    Chaps,

    I have a pretty bog standard electric mincer I bought to process the odd bit of venison. I know people warn against buying cheap ones but I will not be doing anywhere near the volume required to warrant buying a high end one.

    My issue is that my mincer does not seem to 'mince' the sinew in the meat. I remove as much as I can before feeding it in but it seems as if the smallest amount just builds up in the end grate that shapes the minced meat and clogs the whole thing up.

    any ideas on how to solve this?

    Cheers.

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    Put the meat in the freezer until its firm then mince it

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    Buy a better one, I bought cheap first time due to the exact same thing happening.
    Think it was the Anthony warrel one only 40 but took it back in wich bought one from weschenfelder for I think nearly triple but I don't regret it. Cheap miners tends to make mince look more like pulp.
    i only use mine probably six times a year but worth it as saves times and frustration when you no the reason to why it's happening.

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    Deer sinews and muscle sheaths are very tough.
    best to trimm off as much as possible before mincing

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    Just check the blade is in the right way around. I bought an Andrew James mincer and it just kept blocking with anything slightly tough. The blade was fitted the wrong way in the factory and I assumed it was correct. Turn it around and it will mince far more sinew that I would ever want to eat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache View Post
    Just check the blade is in the right way around. I bought an Andrew James mincer and it just kept blocking with anything slightly tough. The blade was fitted the wrong way in the factory and I assumed it was correct. Turn it around and it will mince far more sinew that I would ever want to eat!
    +1

    Try the blade both ways and its surprising the difference....... not that I've put it in backwards previously you understand!

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    Machine
    Check blade is correct way round (sharp, flat edge against plate). Check the front ring is tight enough (not gorilla tight but it should be snug) Once all together there should be no side ways corkscrewing wiggle in the worm and blade.

    Meat
    Remove what sinew you sensibly can. Cut across the sinew when dicing so each bit is shorter (it still may not be cut by blade but will increase chance of being pushed through and not clogging). Put meat in freezer to firm up (not freeze) before mincing.

    One or a mix of the above should help. If not then you have to put up with it or buy a different mincer. Though to be fair most of the little jobs should work within their parameters.
    Could be a dodgy individual machine. I had a Tre-Spade from Weschenfelder that I knew should be performing better than it was. They took it back for a look see and replaced the barrel for me free of any charge under warranty. Works a treat now.

    Hope some of the above helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache View Post
    Just check the blade is in the right way around. I bought an Andrew James mincer and it just kept blocking with anything slightly tough. The blade was fitted the wrong way in the factory and I assumed it was correct. Turn it around and it will mince far more sinew that I would ever want to eat!
    We had an Andrew James one, it fell apart half way through the fourth Fallow carcase!

    atb Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbrayford View Post
    We had an Andrew James one, it fell apart half way through the fourth Fallow carcase!

    atb Tim
    oh I can better that, lol.
    my Andrew James mincer burned out after mincing approximately 6kg of fallow. Heap of ****.
    now got a buffalo and so far it's great!

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    first time I tried I had same problem a butcher told me to ensure I cubed the meat cutting across the grain and any sinews. Also remove as much sinew as possible. it solved the problem fo me.

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