Today, we are sharing how to grind meat without a grinder. There are a few options that are available to you for grinding meat without a grinder. There is always the ever popular and faithful food processor technique, if you do not want to forgo the expense of a grinder.
Tips for Grinding Meat in a Food Processor
First, make sure that you cut the meat into small pieces of one inch cubes. Anything bigger than that will overwork your food processor, and you will risk burning out the motor. Second, you want to freeze the cubes and your food processor blade. The perfect texture for your meat will be hard around the edges and still pliable in the center. To prepare the meat for the freezer, lay a single layer out on parchment paper atop a cookie sheet. When you are processing your meat in the machine, take precaution not to over grind the meat, or you will end up with a nasty paste. Finally, rinse or clean your processor immediately after grinding the mixture, so that remnants from the meat do not get dried onto your machine or blade.
In addition to the fabulous instructions above, please note that it is imperative that you process your fresh meat in small batches. Do not overfill the food processor more than half full. You may have to process the meat in small batches, but that is not an issue. While we are discussing how to grind meat without a grinder, we want to remind you that you can do so much more than grind beef. You can also grind pork, lamb, chicken and fish using the same technique as listed above. Pay close attention to the meat/fat ratio, you will want a cut that is 80% meat 20% fat. The best cuts for this ratio are those from the shoulder for beef, lamb, and pork. If you have a lean piece of meat, you can also add your own fat into the mixture. Some people choose to freeze their unused fat from their fresh cuts of meat prior to processing to use in the future. The last thing to mention is that grinding meat in a food processor results in bits and pieces of meat, rather than the long strings you are accustomed to seeing in your meat section at the grocery store.
Tips for Grinding Meat by Hand
The type of meat that you will be grinding will be of the round roast, sirloin steak, flank steak, and chuck roast varieties. You will need a very sharp knife to start with. You can either get a beautiful slicing knife or a meat clever for this task. Learning how to grind meat without a grinder in this fashion also provides you with a great workout. If you are going to use a knife to do your chopping, make sure that you don’t skimp on the quality. If you can’t afford a good quality knife, please stick to a grinder, we wouldn’t want you to get hurt on this do it yourself project.
Start the same way that you do the food processor process, freeze the meat and knife for 15-20 minutes, making sure not to completely freeze the meat. Remove the meat from freezer and cut lengthwise into strips. Once you have meat completely cut, cut across the width of the meat into approximately one inch lengths. This is not the way to cut your meat if you are looking for really fine ground meat. It will obviously leave you with large chunks, but it will make for a heartier burger!
Benefits of Grinding your Own Meat
The meat simply tastes better when you grind your own cut of meat at home. The meat in your grocer’s meat section is not always ground that day. It can be setting in that display cooler for up to a week! You will be amazed by the profound taste that your meat has when you process your own.
Put simply, there is less chance of bacterial growth when you learn how to grind meat without a grinder. When you cut your own meat up at home, you are less likely to become sick, since you are using or freezing the meat as soon as you cut it up. Also, since you are only using one piece of meat to grind, you don’t have the worries of cross contamination. How many recalls have you seen in the news recently? When you process the meat at home, you know exactly where it has been, how long it has been sitting out, and you know the cleanliness of where it has sat.
You can also get creative with your own cuts of meat at home. You can season them any way that you like. You can control the fat content of your ground meat. Lastly, you can combine meats to make your very own unique burger recipe. The possibilities of what you can do with this meat ground at home are endless.
Packaged meat in the store is more “packy” in comparison to what you will get from the ground meat you process at home. In addition, the burger will simply taste better, as it will be easier for you to chew. It will also be easier for your body to digest. Also, the ground meat in the store is made from the left over scraps of various meat varieties. At home, you can control exactly what goes into that scrumptious ground burger that you will be enjoying at your next meal. You can also control how large or how small that you want your ground meat pieces to become. How hearty do you like your burgers?
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