How do you store your grinder parts?

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Just curious if others spray their grinder parts with any kind of cooking oil? If yes, which ones are safe to use for cats?

I have the Tasin grinder (metal parts) and currently just store it as is. But, I’m thinking I should probably spray it with something to keep it from rusting.
 

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My grinder is all stainless steel including the plates and blade. But the plates and blade still have a high carbon content to keep the hardness. At any rate, just to be on the safe side, after hand washing, I coat the plates and blades with a light coat of mineral oil and store them in baggies. I wash the mineral oil off before using again. Mineral oil doesn't go rancid or build up like some vegetable oils. It's popular for oiling cutting boards although they will often recommend "food grade" mineral oil. There is food grade silicone spray that you can use as well. Some of the grinder manufacturers even have their own (labeled for them) that they recommend. I have a can of the Weston food grade silicone spray. I don't use it, I just use regular mineral oil.
 

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I've never done anything to mine. Just wash, dry and store until next use.
 
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I've never done anything to mine. Just wash, dry and store until next use.
Which grinder do you have/what’s it made of?
 

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It's a Weston. Don't remember the model but it must be all stainless steel.

A Tasin TS-108 was my first grinder. I used it for 6+ years and did the same with it, just washed, dried and put away.
 
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It's a Weston. Don't remember the model but it must be all stainless steel.

A Tasin TS-108 was my first grinder. I used it for 6+ years and did the same with it, just washed, dried and put away.
Yeah I'm just drying the parts and packing them in sealed baggies. I began to question myself about whether I'm taking care of the parts properly after my dishwasher incident though. :updown:

Tobermory Tobermory , you have the Tasin grinder too, right? Do you do anything special to store the parts?
 

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Tobermory Tobermory Tobermory Tobermory , you have the Tasin grinder too, right? Do you do anything special to store the parts?
Yep, I have the Tasin. After I wash everything, I put the parts on paper towels to air dry for awhile, and then I dry each piece thoroughly with paper towels to get as much of the remaining moisture as possible—especially the inside of the tube and the threads on the thingy that screws onto it. I don’t spray anything, and I just store it in the garage in the box it came in.

I did find these comments about storage and sanitizing from Dr. Pierson at catinfo.org and from Anne at catnutrition.org:

“The grinding plates are not stainless steel but I have never had any problems with rust forming. I simply wash them off with soap and hot water (using a nail to clean out any clogged holes) and then dry them and wrap them in a paper towel to wick away any moisture. I have never needed to add any oil to them.”

However, some people spray the grinding plates with food grade silicone spray before storing them. This will help prevent rusting.” (Dr. P)
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“My buddies at One Stop Jerky Shop also sell a wonderful product for sanitizing that works beautifully with the grinder. It's called Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer and is super easy to use. After I'm done making cat food, I wash the grinder parts with hot soapy water, rinse, and thoroughly dry. Then I spray the Alpet Sanitizer until the surfaces are completely wet and, per the directions, let everything drain and air dry. No need to rinse off the sanitizer.” (Anne)
 
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Yep, I have the Tasin. After I wash everything, I put the parts on paper towels to air dry for awhile, and then I dry each piece thoroughly with paper towels to get as much of the remaining moisture as possible—especially the inside of the tube and the threads on the thingy that screws onto it. I don’t spray anything, and I just store it in the garage in the box it came in.

I did find these comments about storage and sanitizing from Dr. Pierson at catinfo.org and from Anne at catnutrition.org:

“The grinding plates are not stainless steel but I have never had any problems with rust forming. I simply wash them off with soap and hot water (using a nail to clean out any clogged holes) and then dry them and wrap them in a paper towel to wick away any moisture. I have never needed to add any oil to them.”

However, some people spray the grinding plates with food grade silicone spray before storing them. This will help prevent rusting.” (Dr. P)
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“My buddies at One Stop Jerky Shop also sell a wonderful product for sanitizing that works beautifully with the grinder. It's called Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer and is super easy to use. After I'm done making cat food, I wash the grinder parts with hot soapy water, rinse, and thoroughly dry. Then I spray the Alpet Sanitizer until the surfaces are completely wet and, per the directions, let everything drain and air dry. No need to rinse off the sanitizer.” (Anne)
Thanks! Sounds like we pretty much do the exact same thing. If it's not necessary to spray it with anything then I probably won't bother. :dunno:

I was psyching myself out the other day cause I kept smelling the meat after it went through the grinder and it sort of smelt like metal, but it's probably just me being paranoid as usual.
 

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I also have the Tasin 108. I just hand wash and dry.

Dr. Lisa Pierson DVM recommended this grinder at one time. She mentions that she does the same. However, she did link to the Food Grade Silicone Spray for those that want to use it. Making Cat Food:
Even though I don't use the spray, I would assume if she linked to it... it is safe.

Thanks! Sounds like we pretty much do the exact same thing. If it's not necessary to spray it with anything then I probably won't bother. :dunno:

I was psyching myself out the other day cause I kept smelling the meat after it went through the grinder and it sort of smelt like metal, but it's probably just me being paranoid as usual.
 

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I have a manual grinder. My investment is smaller. I think the parts are stainless steel. They don’t look like they’d rust. All the same, I always wash and towel dry (never air dry) all the parts. Because the grinder is cheap, it goes back in the box it came in. The one exception to this, if I am planning to make food, I will put at least the auger, blade, and plate into the freezer. If I have enough space in my freezer, I’ll also put the body in. Sometimes I have a change in heart or plans and the bits rest in the freezer for an extra day. Otherwise, I pull them back out, towel dry them, and save them for another grinding day. I also towel dry the scissors and knives I use for her meat. I take care of her blades better than my own.
 

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Why do you put your manual grinder parts in the freezer before use?
 

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Why do you put your manual grinder parts in the freezer before use?
Same reasons I want to grind partially frozen or mostly frozen meat. Keeping everything as cold as possible limits spoilage and bacteria growth. But more importantly, a warmer grind (meat and/or grinder) produces pink slime rather than the desired ground turkey result.
 

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Interesting. Thank you for the explanation!

Same reasons I want to grind partially frozen or mostly frozen meat. Keeping everything as cold as possible limits spoilage and bacteria growth. But more importantly, a warmer grind (meat and/or grinder) produces pink slime rather than the desired ground turkey result.
 
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