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Old 02-21-2012, 01:50 PM   #41
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oh yeah, besides gristle, i've seen pieces of veins in fast food burgers. yuk.
That's just the prize when you order the fun meal.. sheesh...
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:30 PM   #42
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Have you considered changing butchers, markets, going for a leaner cut, or trying Bison? I buy lean. It's a little more expensive, but haven't encountered gristle since I ate at a fast food place. Alternately, you can go with ground veal, chicken or turkey.
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:25 PM   #43
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Frank, I'm not sure it's even worth the trouble to seek higher authority in a store. Honestly I don't use hamburger all that much. Sometimes I buy "buffalo" burger, sometimes I just buy what's in the meat case, sometimes I trim my own steak and give it a quick run through my food processor. If I were using hamburger all the time I might go to some effort but more often than not I cook things that don't have any relevance to hamburger. In fact off hand hamburgers are the only thing I can think of where I use ground beef.

I had the same problem with whole chickens. They didn't have any halves and I wanted them to saw a whole one in half for me. "We don't want to clean the saw for just one chicken." I ended up getting a cleaver and between that and my shears I prefer my cutting my own whole chickens now anyway, I always buy them whole whole and either cut them in half or do that thing where you make them lay flat like road kill.
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:30 PM   #44
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Frank, I'm not sure it's even worth the trouble to seek higher authority in a store. Honestly I don't use hamburger all that much. Sometimes I buy "buffalo" burger, sometimes I just buy what's in the meat case, sometimes I trim my own steak and give it a quick run through my food processor. If I were using hamburger all the time I might go to some effort but more often than not I cook things that don't have any relevance to hamburger. In fact off hand hamburgers are the only thing I can think of where I use ground beef.
No meatloaf or meat balls?
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:49 PM   #45
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No meatloaf or meat balls?
Not very often. I'm single. I usually end up cooking things that can be conveniently cooked for one person. That's why I've been on an Asian kick lately: tastes really good, easy to cook one portion. And I eat a lot of chicken and shrimp anyway. I eat beef probably less than once a week, and when I eat beef it's mostly steak. If my situation changes and I end up cooking for more people on a regular basis then my diet will probably change too, and maybe I'll make meatloaf and meatballs more often.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:06 PM   #46
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When I was single, I often made larger meals and froze meal-sized portions for later use. Chili, tomato sauce with meatballs and sausages, soups, meatloaf, etc. I didn't really get into Asian cooking until later.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:38 PM   #47
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I like my hand crank grinder better than the one on my KA. I feel like I have more control and I don't have to jump around like a rabid hyena to keep it going.
What kind do you have? I found one in a second-hand shop, but Frank felt that it did not work well at all.

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oh yeah, besides gristle, i've seen pieces of veins in fast food burgers. yuk.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:52 PM   #48
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What kind do you have? I found one in a second-hand shop, but Frank felt that it did not work well at all.

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But I hear that yogurt maker is working well.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:28 PM   #49
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What kind do you have? I found one in a second-hand shop, but Frank felt that it did not work well at all.
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I got it at an outdoor sports wholesaler. Not sure what it is and it's buried right now. I works great! and easy to clean. Start with large grind and go to small.

It is cast iron and I keep it wrapped in a cotton towel!
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:02 AM   #50
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Except that I don't own a grinder.

Sooooo, what should I ask for when I visit the meat counter at my local Kroger?

And do they like smart ass customers?
Can't help but answer that one. No one likes a smart ass. As I've often told a certain nephew, there's a huge difference between being smart and being a smart ass. If you treat the butcher badly, it's probably not going to get you good meat!

That said, choose a piece of beef (or whatever), and ask them to grind it. Sometimes you'll have to go at the end of their day. I had a hard time getting ground pork that I needed for tourtiere. So I picked a pork shoulder and asked for it to be ground. No. Cannot do it. Ok, didn't think much of it. As I shopped my name was called on the store's PA system. I went back to the meat counter. "We were about to sterilize the grinder anyway, and so ground your roast for you." I was thrilled. They simply were not allowed to use the grinder on pork without sterilizing it before doing beef.

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