Archive for March, 2012

No Pink Slime…

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So, with all the disgusting things we’ve been finding out what’s really in our food, behold the beauty of pure raw meat… Yes, I got the meat grinding attachment for my KitchenAid mixer (thank you, Amazon points) and decided to try grinding my own. Can’t hurt to try, eh?

I did a lot of research online for the best cuts of meat to use and whether to add seasonings or not, but in the end, this turned out FANTASTIC! Well worth the effort.

Here is what I did.

This is a chuck roast that’s usually used for a pot roast. I cut it into strips when possible, and then smaller chunks to remove most of the visible fat.

The process is very easy and the machine does all the work.  Nothing to be scared of.

One thing that all of the instructions and Web sites with info on grinding your own fail to state is that you WILL have to do this in batches, because the longer and tougher strands of fat are going to clog the little grinder plate.  It’s easy enough to stop and take the attachment off and remove it, but nowhere did I see that it would be often.  Out of the whole process I envisioned, I didn’t think the blades wouldn’t cut the tougher fat.

That whole roast was processed in about 15 minutes, and I had to clean the blade twice in that time. It’s really not a big deal, but something you should be aware of if you are going to try grinding your own. I am sure that leaner cuts will be easier to use.  Something to think about.  And this is how we learn… lol

I ground it twice to make sure it was chopped enough.  Then when I was happy with the consistency, I pulled out my handy-dandy burger maker and made burgers. (Actually, I got that gadget for free with something I don’t even remember, it was so long ago.  This is the first time I used it.  LOL!)

The final test:  Cook one!   Cast iron grill pan on the stove, a little salt and pepper, and away we go…

Final verdict?  This was the BEST tasting steak burger that I’ve ever had.  It’s nothing like hamburger that you get in the store.  This is MEAT. It smelled like steak cooking, and it tastes like steak on the grill.

Totally worth the effort and I will absolutely be doing this for all of my ground meat needs.

Success!  🙂