I am not 100% sober this evening due to the wonderous Bardstown Bourbon Company Origins Rye. But I digress.
There are two types of ‘black stuff’ common to a grinder body like that. When you put the piece in the dishwasher, modern detergents will take off the coating exposing what looks like an aluminum allow or cast aluminum. The black is a rough equivalent of rust. I put some steel-coated baking sheets thru the dishwasher and have that. Acid solutions will help take the film off but also set off a new round of deterioration of the metal. I have commercial units and they are made of stainless. They are wonderful, especial;ly as you can freeze them if making delicate sausages.
The other type of black is just shaft gunk. At least I think that is the technical for it. It is the copacetic combination of old and new foods that stick in the crevices of the moving parts. It can form in a short time if you are grinding. One should not be ashamed at its appearance.
I don’t think you ruinrd it. Wash it again by hand (will take some scrubbing), and then immediately towel dry. We have a couple of things like this (mixer blade, meat grinder, etc,). They shouldn’t be left to air-dry.
You can remove it using a weak acid (and perhaps some light abrasion). Spray on a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar, let it work for a few minutes, and then work the surface with fine steel wool. Wash thoroughly afterwards.
You can also immerse or boil in the same solution.
I have resurrected several Calphalon pots that were ruined in dishwashers. Anodized finish trashed. I used BarKeep’s Friend which is both acidic and lightly abrasive. Hard to reach all of the affected surfaces on your piece, though.
For me I would just concentrate on the parts that come in contact with the food. Consider a scrub pad with Barkeeper’s Friend for the top, and some bottle brushes for the feed and output tubes (and maybe you can find some that can be chucked up in a drill motor).
Thanks all! I’m wondering if the onions were acidic enough to clean the grinding parts. Before I got some of your advice, I hand washed and wiped off the piece, then ground some pork, and it came out perfectly pink.
And toss this one in the landfill? I hate throwing stuff away, much to husband’s chagrin. If I replace it I hope to get a stainless steel one, but haven’t found one yet. Thanks for the offer though, assuming it was sincere.
@shrinkrap For a few grins and giggles I looked and some reviews and recommend you skip this product as I do not think it is all that well designed. I saw everything from it discoloring… to it actually leaking blood backwards through the drive sprocket into the mixer head.
I have the KA plastic one and it has been just fine. If you want another metal one for longevity, you’ll need to hand wash.