How to Grind Your Own Meat
Grinding your own meat gives you the freedom to try your own recipes. It also gives you the freedom to choose what goes down your best meat grinder. You never know the type of meat that your local butcher grinds. It is actually believed that many stores grind meat from different animals and label it as ground beef. After all, you cannot know if its 100% beef or not. There have actually been cases of stores selling prohibited animal meat in the name of beef meat.
Many people grind meat to make hamburgers and meat balls. As much as it is necessary for you to grind your own meat, it is necessary for you to learn how to grind your meat in the best way possible. Here is a short summary of how you should grind your hamburger meat. Note that you can use ground meat for sauces, chili, stews or even filling tacos.
1. Cut Beef Meat into Small Cubes
For you to grind your meat effectively, you need to cut it into small cubes that will fit in the feed tube. Note that you are not limited to beef meat only, but also other types of meat such as chicken, game meat, turkey, buffalo, lamb as well as pork.
2. Chill the Meat in Freezer
To produce high quality ground meat, you need to place the meat in a freezer for 30 to 60 minutes. This helps it hold on to its shape and goes through the grinder smoothly.
3. Place Grinder in a Freezer
It’s not only the meat that needs the freezer. The entire grinder as well requires t say in the freezer for 30 to 60 minutes. If it is possible, you should store the blade, the screw and the grinding plate in the freezer when you aren’t using them. After 30 to 60 minutes, you can assemble your best meat grinder and get ready for the grinding process.
4. Place Your Meat in the Hopper
Now you are ready to grind your meat. Place it on the hopper and hold the pusher ready to drive the meat down the feed tube once the grinder is on. If you have 2 to 3 pounds of meat, consider placing it on ice to keep it cold. You can also place the collecting bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice. By all means ensure the mean remains cold.
5. Start the Grinder
Turn your best meat grinder on and push the meat cubes into the grinder using the meat pusher. Depending on the instructions, set grinding speed to use. For instance, the recommended speed for KitchenAid mixer is speed 4. Using the pusher press the meat down the mixer. There are models that do not require you to manually push the meat. They have a suction property that pulls the meat into the grinder.
6. Freshly Ground Meat
Collect the freshly ground meat into a bowl. Some models come with their own bowls while in others you fit your own bowl. Let all the meat finish grinding before turning off the grinder.
Now you have your freshly ground beef in a bowl. It’s now up to you to choose how you want to cook the ground meat. You can decide to prepare hamburgers, chili, stew or whatever use you feel like.