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.