After the Weekend and Other Oddities

January 14, 2013

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.


  1. Taryn says:

    Egads! What country did that blender come from?

  2. Shelley says:

    Bass Pro Shops – LM Grinder – LOVE IT!

  3. Kim says:

    We inadvertently ordered from a North Face knock off site. Kathy said it looked perfectly legit, but the package arrived from China with a note—“a gift for you”. Kathy called corporate security thinking a bomb had been delivered to our house. THey had us leave it in the front yard, and offered to come open it. Thank goodness we opted to just open it 24 hours later. Well needless to say it was just the jacket she had ordered, and it looked like a perfect North Face, except for one very slight flaw in the lettering. Any way, we learned our lesson–any good price is probably a knock off!

  4. Merinda says:

    Ha! How very strange…