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Grinding Meat Just Like Grandma
Thursday 24 November 2016   —   Category: Cooking & Food
Not too long after the beginning of 2016, I decided to buy a meat grinder. As an alternative to lean ground beef, I sometimes like to eat lean ground pork. But it is nearly impossible to find in grocery stores, as most ground pork is sold with 15% fat or even much more (ground sausage).

After researching the options on Amazon.com, I chose the LEM Products #10 stainless steel hand grinder. As usual, I was eager to try my new tool as soon as it ar­rived. In preparation, I had bought some pork ten­der­loin at Costco for $3.29 per pound. It might seem a pity to grind such tender meat, but it was the cheapest low-fat, boneless pork I could find.

Once I had followed the simple assembly instructions, I took my new meat grinder for a spin. I tried both the coarse (larger holes) and fine (smaller holes) plates, and found that I liked the consistency of the meat through the fine plate better. The grinder was easy to operate, and in no time I had processed about four pounds of pork.

In order to celebrate my achievement, I fried a pork patty for a hamburger. As I ate lunch, I reminisced about going to my grandma’s house when I was a little boy, and she would grind some meat for a meal right there in front of my eyes. Now, here I was, following in her foot­steps. These thoughts were giving me warm feelings inside.

Now it’s November as I write this ar­ti­cle, and I have to confess that I have not used the grinder much since this first try. One thing after another has come up this year. But I do plan on trying it with some in­ex­pen­sive, tough cuts of beef. And per­haps my older daughter’s dream will come true and she will bag an elk during hunting season some year. If so, this grind­er will be raring to go! Well, today is Thanksgiving ... I suppose I could always try to grind some turkey.

Larger versions of the two above photos, plus a third not shown here, can now be viewed in the Gourmet Chef Wannabe 2016 album.
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