a January 14th, 2013

  1. After the Weekend and Other Oddities

    January 14, 2013 by myeye

    It’s nearly 7:00 AM and it is 12 degrees.  Yesterday at this time it was only 1 degree.  It must be a heat wave!

    This was the weekend that I decided to break out the new grinder (you may recall my previous appliance bit the dust).  I grind part of the dogs’ raw meals so every three weeks or so.  I thaw a pile of various meats and run them through with veggies.  I package them in meal-sized Glad boxes and stack in the freezer.  That gives me a huge sense of satisfaction and makes meal time easy — just thaw a box for dinner, divide up into the four dogs’ bowls, add their supplements and we are good to go.

    So — the new grinder:

    Control Panel

    Say what?  Reverse I understand, but “No”?  No what?  So I plugged it in and pushed the buttons.  “No” is upside down for “On” and “Half” is a somewhat phonetic spelling of “Off”.  I should have known when I saw these that I was in trouble.  This thing is supposed to be 2.0 horsepower and 1800 watts.  I assure you it isn’t.  My old grinder which was 1.5 horsepower and 1600 watts could whip up 35 pounds of  meat and veggies in an hour.  This version moaned and groaned, it squashed the meat and vegetables rather than grinding them.  After taking it apart a half dozen times, I chopped the veggies and cut the meat into sizes that would fit in my freezer containers.  On a whim, I had purchased the eBay warranty — thank goodness!  However, now I have the hassle of returning this one and making a warranty claim.  Shoot!  However. this photo is a nice complement to the “Breaking experts” at the local auto shop.  Just for your records, this is a “CuisinePro” grinder.

    It’s definitely Monday.