How and Why You Should Grind Your Own Meat

How and Why You Should Grind Your Own Meat Chopped meat in a wooden bowl with spices on a black background

A great burger or an excellent, juicy, batch of meatballs will never go out of style. And these are only two examples of what you can make with some excellent ground meat. What is the key to that? Learning to grind your own meat, so you are better in control of the experience.

It’s time to make a confession: it might be obvious from what I write, but I usually like to do things myself, when it comes to cooking. I very much cannot stand the artificial taste of store-bought sauces. I am not very confident in the label of some of the products. And I like to use all kinds of kitchen gadgets because it’s just more fun to be hands on!

I think one of my earliest memories is seeing my mother grinding some meat for a special dish and seeing the process, I just wanted to work the device myself. So much! As a kid, it was just fun to me to use that [amazon_textlink asin=’B01K2VLSNY’ text=’grinder’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’xdeli-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’31a703f9-327d-11e8-9d55-e79647f48ff0′]! Securing it to the counter and then turning the handle, feeling the meat’s resistance in the machine before coming out in pretty, ordered controlled rows. I guess I am not a fan of the cleaning process afterward, but hey! Nothing is perfect! But other than ‘It’s fun’, what other reasons are there to grind your own meat?

How and Why You Should Grind Your Own Meat

Your burgers will turn out even tastier if you grind your own meat.

3 reasons to grind your own meat

1. It’s cheaper

Ready ground meat is usually more expensive than the cuts of meat it’s made from. So, you’re basically paying somebody a few extra dollars to grind your chuck roast. Don’t do that! You can buy your own chuck roast and grind it at home. Add the extra dollars to a vacation fund or put it to good use!

2. It’s more controlled

If you grind your own meat, you end having a way better understanding of what you’re eating. You know exactly what cuts you’re buying, how much fat they have and where they come from if those things are important to you… And they should be, in my opinion.

You also know how fresh the meat is because you’ve seen it for yourself. It’s much tougher to know for sure with ground meat. And for the last bit of control, if you start to grind your own meat, you are in better control of your work area and you keep it clean and spotless yourself!

How and Why You Should Grind Your Own Meat

If you grind your own meat you know how fresh it is and how clean the grinder is.

3. You can experiment with it

You can choose the proportion of fat to meat. You can try different cuts in different combinations. No wonder that grinding your own meat with all your input can make your burger taste better! The texture of your burger will be better, lighter, and healthier all the way.

Ground pork is usually harder to find and you need it if you want to make sausages, so grinding the cut of pork you chose is a much better deal for homemade sausages, too.

A few tips on how to grind your own meat

1. Clean everything thoroughly

This sort of goes without saying when it comes to cooking things you will put in your mouth, but it’s doubly important when working with raw meat. So before you get started, clean up your work surface, clean up your equipment, and clean up the bowl that the meat will fall into.

A good tip for cleaning after grinding is to grind a slice of bread before you get water involved. The fluffiness of the bread will help the bits of meat left in the grinder stick to it. This will dry up the grinder’s insides.

How and Why You Should Grind Your Own Meat

You can use the ground meat for meatballs and make your own meat mix.

2. Freeze everything

If you freeze your meat for 15 minutes before getting started, it will be easier to slice and then cut into cubes before passing it through the meat grinder. Fat can melt easily and if there’s fat in the meat you want to grind, it can melt in your hand while you’re grinding it, which would not yield the best results for your meatballs!

But that’s not all! The ground meat turns out way better if you also freeze your equipment about half an hour before you get to grinding. Freeze the meat grinding attachment, the blade, and plate, whatever you can.

3. Grind the meat and store it in the freezer

You can grind the meat and already form patties for hamburgers that you can store separately, with some parchment paper between them. Then you can put them in ziplock bags and tag them so you’ll know the date of the freezing. You can also season the meat while you’re grinding if you know exactly how you want to cook it.

How and Why You Should Grind Your Own Meat

Once you’ve finished grinding the meat, freeze it and write the date on the meat packet.

I’m a pop culture nerd who thinks too much about fried bacon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and life, the Universe and everything. I love food and sometimes you can see that on my hips, but I don't care that much about that.
What I do care more about is trying to eat healthier, even though I admit that I like to indulge in my food fantasies. I’m addicted to puns, so forgive me for that when you read my articles. I now know too much about nutrition to be fun to hang out with. So long and thanks for all the fish-based omega-3 fatty acids.

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