In addition to manually operated grinders, there are also electric operated Meat Grinders for the countertop that are more complex in design, but similar in function. Like the manual grinder, the food ingredients are fed into a top loading funnel of the electric grinder and are automatically moved through the grinding process to produce ground bits of meat for stuffing into sausage casings or for a variety of meat and vegetable dishes. The automatic grinders are equipped with 2 to 3 different sized cutting plates, such as a 3/16, 1/4 and 1/2 inch plates for a range of grinds. In addition, the grinder may have a food pushing tool and an assortment of sausage extrusion tubes that assist with the flow of the ground sausage into the various types of casings. Most grinders will have operational functions for reversing the motor if meat jams in the grinder, so it can be extracted when the forward motion becomes clogged. Commonly used for making sausage, hash, hamburger, and other coarse ground products, the electric Meat Grinder will produce higher volumes of foods with an ease and minimal amount of effort.