How To: Grind Your Own Meat
This is the best attachment for a KitchenAid stand mixer.
Photos by Molly Dunn
If you have a KitchenAid stand mixer, you can bypass the mystery behind what is in your ground meat and use the meat grinder attachment to make beef or chicken burger patties, and ground beef for pasta sauce, lasagna or taco night. This wonderful attachment allows you to use your favorite cut of meat to make your favorite dishes.
Here's how to use it...
First, choose the meat you want. Do you prefer filet mignon? Bison? Top sirloin? Use whichever meat you love to eat. The beauty of the meat grinder is that you can personalize any dish you're making. When I first used the meat grinder, I decided to make burgers, and since filet mignon is my favorite cut of meat, I made a filet mignon burger.
The ground meat will feel lighter because there are no preservatives.
Next, place the meat in the freezer until it gets really cold, but isn't quite frozen. The colder the meat is, the easier it is to grind. Also, place the KitchenAid attachments and the bowl the ground meat falls into in the freezer to chill as well. Basically, get everything really cold before you use it. If your meat and attachments are too warm, the meat will become mushy and won't hold its shape.
Once everything is chilled, attach the meat grinder to the KitchenAid by following the instructions in the handbook, place the bowl under the grinder, turn the mixer on, drop your pieces of meat down the shoot and watch as the attachment grinds the meat.
These were the best burgers I've had at home.
As soon as the filet began to fall into the bowl as ground meat, I could tell that it was going to be one of the best burgers I have ever made at home. Mainly because it's nothing but meat! Season the ground meat with whatever seasonings you enjoy on a burger, meatballs or ground beef. The possibilities are endless once you've ground your own.
Clean-up is simple, too. Just take the pieces apart and wash in hot, soapy water. If there are meat pieces left in the grinder, run a piece of bread through the grinder to help release the leftover meat.
Don't wonder what's in your ground meat anymore; invest in the grinder attachment and make the best ground meat dishes you've ever created in your own kitchen.
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