How to Sharpen Meat Grinder Blades

What You'll Need
Safety gloves
120 and 600 grit sandpaper
Sheet of glass or a mirror approximately 12 x 12 inches in size
Needle nose pliers
Scrap paper

The process of sharpening meat grinder blades will be necessary whether they are used for commercial or residential purposes. This will ensure that the blades are always at their optimum and are capable of grinding meat properly. By following the necessary steps to sharpen the blades, you can ensure that you always achieve meat that has been ground up evenly.

Step 1 – Preparation

The first step is to prepare the sharpening tool that you intend to use on the meat grinder blades. Lay the glass on a solid flat surface and make sure that it doesn’t show any defects. This is the ideal surface on which to sharpen blades. Dampen a cloth with water and use this to wipe over the entire surface. The aim is to leave the surface slightly damp rather than dripping wet. If necessary, cut the 120 grit sandpaper to size so that it will fit the glass. Follow this by laying the sandpaper against the glass so that that it is fixed in place with the water.

Step 2 – Disassemble

Remove the meat grinder blades from place by using the appropriate tool according to the fastener, keeping in mind the order of them to ensure that they go back in the correct order. Carefully wipe them with a cloth to remove any particles that may be in place. You may find that some varieties have numbers etched on them for this purpose. If not, lay them out on a piece of paper with each one labeled with a number.

Step 3 – Sharpen Blades

Wear a pair of workman’s gloves during the process of sharpening the meat grinder blades to protect your hands and give you a better grip. It may be prudent to test the blades first by slicing a piece of scrap paper and checking how easy it is to achieve.

This can be done again after the sharpening process to check how effective the process is. Press the blade to the sandpaper at a 45 degree angle and move it across the surface in a circular or figure of eight motion. This will help you to ensure that the blade edge is sharpened in a uniform manner. Repeat this around ten times. After completing the process, carefully wipe away any particles that have been produced.  

Step 4 – Finish  

Remove the sheet of 120 grit sandpaper and replace it with the 600 grit, using the same method that was previously utilized to fix it in place. Work the meat grinder blades across the surface in the same figure of eight or circular shape. Repeat this around four times. This step with help to smooth the sharpened blade edge for a clean finish. Complete the process by rinsing the blades in clean water and leaving them to dry before installing them back into the grinder in the correct order.