In this article, I’ll show you how to use your Ninja blender as a meat grinder.
We will talk about the safety of using your Ninja blender as a meat grinder, which items are considered safe to use, and how long it takes to grind the meat!
Why Should You Grind Meat In A Blender?
If you grind meat in a blender, it will save you time because it’s faster than using a meat grinder.
There are other reasons why you should consider grinding your own meat:
- You can control what goes into your ground beef by choosing organic meats and making sure to get rid of bones and fat before grinding (which is good for people with certain health conditions)
- It saves money! If you can find a good sale on the meats that you want to grind, then make sure to stock up so that you always have some pre-ground beef in your freezer that way it’ll be quick and easy to whip up something fast!
- You won’t be tempted to go out and buy more hamburger patties or meatballs when you’ve got a carton of frozen ground beef in the freezer!
Can I Grind Meat In My Ninja Blender?
Yes, you can use your Ninja blender to grind meat!
All of the Ninja blenders are different but some are better than others for grinding meat.
The Ninja Pro BL770 is best for grinding meat because it has a heavy-duty motor.
If you plan to use your blender as a meat grinder, make sure you only fill the jar up about 1/4 of the way full, and if possible place a plate over the top of your ground beef so it doesn’t splatter everywhere while it’s being blended!
Why Is Ninja Blender Good For Grinding Meat?
Ninja blenders are good for grinding meat because it comes with a heavy-duty motor that can handle the workload and also comes with different blades.
The blender blades that are included in the Ninja Master Prep (QB900B) and the Ninja Pro BL770 can grind meat.
However, if you only have a standard blender blade that comes with other blenders, it may not be able to grind up meats very well because it is not as sharp or as powerful as a blade.
How To Grind Meat In A Ninja Blender
First, make sure you have a Ninja blender that’s listed and described above.
If you’re using your Ninja as a meat grinder, please be safe! Make sure to use the Spork & Dough Hook that comes in your set so that it can handle the workload of grinding meat.
Also, if you want to start with raw ground beef or pork, then put some ice cubes into the jar first so that it doesn’t heat up (this is good for preserving freshness).
Then simply add 1/4 cup of water or marinade/seasoning and turn on your blender! You can monitor with the lid open.
Try not to fill more than 1/4 of the way full and make sure to put a plate over your ground beef so that it doesn’t splatter.
After you’re done blending the meat, make sure to give it a good stir! If the meat is still clumped together in some areas, then simply strain and/or mash it with a spoon until most of the lumps are gone.
Make sure not to blend for more than 30 seconds at a time (otherwise you might burn out the motor).
It usually takes about 1-2 minutes total to chop raw meat into pre-formed patties or balls.
If you want shredded chicken or turkey instead, then it’ll take 15-20 minutes to get finely ground poultry.
When Is The Best Time To Grind Meat?
The best time to grind meat in a Ninja blender is whenever you plan on cooking it!
If your recipe requires cooked ground beef, then no worries! Just make sure that your ground beef is cold because if it’s not then the Ninja blender won’t be able to handle blending such a thick mixture.
You can also make your ground beef days or weeks before and store it in the freezer until ready to use!
Which Ninja Blenders Are Good For Grinding Meat?
All of the current Ninja blenders (BL660, BL810, and BL770) are good for grinding meat.
The manual says that the Pro BL770 is supposed to be used just for liquids but I’ve ground raw hamburger in mine with no problem.
To see some examples of other things you can make using your Ninja blender, check out my article on recipes that use a Ninja blender.
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How Long Does It Take To Grind The Meat?
It takes about 1 minute to chop a pound of meat in the Ninja Pro BL770 blender, but it will take longer in some other blenders.
Since I’ve used every model of Ninja blender, I know that it can be difficult to try and speed up the motor if you’re using your blender for something that it was not intended for.
I made this mistake one time when I tried grinding my own chicken using my old base model Ninja blender (the infamous BL201).
After blending for approx 8 minutes, the top of the jar had popped off and there were pieces of metal on the ground!
The jar came apart from the base due to how much pressure the motor was trying to exert on the metal pieces.
To avoid unnecessary accidents, I recommend buying the Ninja Pro BL770 if you plan to grind meat in your blender!
The Safety Of Using A Blender To Grind Meat
If you’re wondering whether it’s safe to use your blender as a meat grinder, then just follow these rules:
Don’t put your blender jar directly under the cup that attaches to the blade unit. If you do this, and something splatters up into that cup, it could cling to the bottom and come through the base while you’re using it (which is VERY bad)
Always make sure that all parts are properly secured before turning on your blender.
This means keeping hands away from moving parts at ALL times (including DO NOT down on any part of the blender to force it into place). If anything is not secured, it could jump out while in use and cause SERIOUS injuries.
NEVER reach into the jar or cup around moving parts to add more ingredients.
This can be really dangerous because if something jumps up during the blending process (like a piece of bone), your hand will be in just the right spot for that flying object to go straight into an artery!
Of course, you should make sure to keep small children away from ANY blender when using it (even if you’re not grinding meat) because there have been many incidents where kids climb onto the countertop and turn on blenders with their hands inside before anyone has noticed.
There are even some cases of parents trying to get food out of the blades and accidentally cutting their hands off because they forgot to lock the cup into place before turning on the blender!
What To Consider When Choosing A Ninja Blender For Grinding Meat
The first thing that you should consider when choosing a Ninja blender for grinding meat is how powerful it is (the more watts, the better).
If your blender isn’t strong enough to crush ice cubes without problems, then this would mean that it will struggle with any meats.
Next, make sure to read reviews of different blenders so that you have an idea of how well they work for grinding meat. Make sure to check whether all the parts are dishwasher safe or if you’ll need to wash the blade unit by hand.
Remember: if it’s not easy and quick to clean, then you probably won’t use your machine as much!
The next feature you want to look at is what type of blades the blender comes with.
If it has an extra blade in addition to the standard flat blade, then this would be perfect because those ridges will help cut down on any chunks that get stuck while processing.
Lastly, if you want to save money on meat then make sure to shop around for the best price! If you can find a great deal at your local supermarket or even score some cheap coupons online, then this will be well worth the extra time spent shopping.
Which Ninja Blades Are Best For Grinding Meat?
The first thing you should do when using your blender as a grinder is making sure that the blades in your machine are sharp enough to easily cut through the meat (no matter whether it’s ground beef, pork, or something else).
Food processor blade: This type of blade is best for making things like pie dough and other thick batters
Dual cross blades: This type of blade has four razor-sharp points, which will help you chop up meat quickly without having to use too much force.
A Quick Note On Storage
When you own a blender that was specifically designed as a “grinder,” then storing it should be easy because you can take out accessories such as the cups/jars and go straight into the dishwasher.
However, if you choose to purchase a blender that does not have an accessory specifically made for grinding, make sure to wash the jar by hand every time after you use it to avoid having any meat particles sitting in there for too long.