I’m really starting to prepare more from scratch when it comes to prepping meat for my family. From making my own specialty coffees to experimenting with bread making because I am tired of finding soy flour in everything, I’m making fresh pasta at home and grinding my own meat which is a small luxury that I actually look forward to when preparing meals at home and it’s time to get my freezer ready for BBQ season. I was so excited when I got the Hamilton Beach Meat Grinder! I also have a vacuum seal by them so I can experiment with my meat blends for burgers and then vacuum seal my burgers or even better, bring them to BBQ’s! But let’s face it, it just tastes betters when you grind at home. It’s a major upgrade in flavour and quality. My friend is a Red Seal chef and she said I made her the best burger she ever had and that she was going to rethink her take on prepping and making burgers.
Have you ever thought of getting a meat grinder? Below I’ll share some benefits but do you remember the “pink sludge/pink slime” that made the news a couple of summers ago and Jaime Oliver going on about it? He was right! I think we really need to back to the old fashioned way of preparing our food even in our busy lives. How many recalls do we need to experience?
There are a few benefits to grinding your meat at home:
– Quality of meat used and being able to create your own fat ratio
– Reduce e-coli contamination
– It’s fresher
– Cost is lower
I actually bought prime rib on sale and ground it up to make a delectable prime rib burger for my husband. I like a mixture of chuck and prime rib and the cut was like $10 so I figured, let’s see what this little machine is made of. It was an awesome burger, let me tell you. I was chatting with my cousin in law and a friend of his about some other combo’s that are good such as sirloin with pork butt, ground sirloin with miso paste for a nice tang and a combo of chuck, sirloin and short rib is really good too. The suggested ratio is 80/20 combo and there are loads of recipes to try as making burgers is something I do a lot of(and enjoy) and we cook our burgers rare for my husband and rare/medium for me and medium for the kids. If you grind your own meat, you can cook it as you like. Imagine Kobe burgers?!
I grew up watching my grandmother(babcia) grind meat for meat varenyky(perogies) and spaghetti, she also made her own noodles. She had a hand-powered meat grinder that clipped on to the table where with this, you plug in and push a button. It’s great! I bet she would have loved the Hamilton Beach Meat Grinder! This also has a sausage maker function that I can’t wait to explore. I need to head to the butcher and try my hand at sausage making. But with the Hamilton Beach Meat Grinder, it has two parts that you can grind through. One is a regular grind and the other is a finer grind.
TIP: Season your meat if your making burgers/meatballs so your seasoning blends through
Some tips to grinding meat at home:
You can grind chicken, salmon, lamb, pork, beef, shrimp (hello, wonton meatballs!) thanks to the fine grind setting and now you can make the best meatballs and sausages too. Using the Hamilton Beach Meat Grinder ($99) is very easy and as mentioned above, easy to clean too. It’s the secret behind restaurant burgers and meatballs. Most chefs grind their own meat and I hope you’ll give it some thought, the next time you see the ground meat at the store. Also, you may think meat is ground at the grocery store daily but it’s not always the case. As the meat sits on the counter in the fridge at the store, day by day it loses flavour, and could even become contaminated. Let’s slow down and get back to basics and make it convenient for our families to eat quality meats, ground by you for a healthier meal and skip all the frozen patties you can find if you love burgers as much as my family does. But it’s not just burgers. I have a cookbook called 125 Best Ground Meat Recipes that I am reviewing so stay tuned for that and you’ll be seeing more of my meat grinder in action.
Disclosure: This post was in partnership with Hamilton Beach and as always, all opinions are my own.