Re:grinding your own beef?
I have an electric meat grinder and I've used it to grind beef (mostly chuck) for hamburgers. I get a sort of smug satisfaction doing that, but I'm not sure it's worth the bother of getting it out of the closet and the clean-up after. I made roast beef hash with it the other day (leftover pot roast, potato, and onion) and decided the texture was too mushy. Probably, the best use would be to make sausage, but have yet to attempt it. All in all, the food processor is the way to go unless someone wants to give you a grinder and you have extra storage space. jmho, pb