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Old 09-13-2012, 12:40 PM   #21
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Thanks for the tip, Chief. I was thinking about chili the other day. I usually use cubed boneless chuck for my red.

I'm thinking I'll break up the pre-formed pattys and re-form them loosely for grilling.
Add a small amount of milk to the broken up beef. The enzymes in the milk help tenderize it. Let it sit for about 30 minutes to give the milk a chance to do its job. You will have nice juicy patties.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:46 PM   #22
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If I can help it I buy chuck and grind my self. Have neve had good luck with pre-made patties.
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:24 PM   #23
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Since I'm very good at forming things I form my own patties.
Besides, I was never a fan of pre-formed patties. They're too fast-food-ish in the way they cook.
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:42 PM   #24
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If you mean the patties in a sealed up tube, no, I've never bought that. But if you mean the stuff that is sort of in 1/2 +/- pound blobs, meat tray, plastic wrapped, yes, I have bought that at Costco and it seems the same as the large 6 pound blob sitting right beside it. I buy the one that is sort of divided into 1/2 pounds when I plan to freeze some and divide some of the chunks into two for patties.
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If you mean the patties in a sealed up tube, no, I've never bought that. But if you mean the stuff that is sort of in 1/2 +/- pound blobs, meat tray, plastic wrapped, yes, I have bought that at Costco and it seems the same as the large 6 pound blob sitting right beside it. I buy the one that is sort of divided into 1/2 pounds when I plan to freeze some and divide some of the chunks into two for patties.
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:55 PM   #26
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Since I'm very good at forming things I form my own patties.
Besides, I was never a fan of pre-formed patties. They're too fast-food-ish in the way they cook.

Half-pound pattys do not look like fast foodish.

I've always formed my own pattys. this is the first time I've bought ready made. I was not expecting this difference.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:47 PM   #27
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One thing if buying frozen pre-formed patties in a bag is to buy a package you can see the contents. Some of those packs sit around and the patties are all dried out.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:29 PM   #28
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I have never bought pre-made patties. I'd suggest if you didn't like them, not to buy them again. Like CharlieD, I prefer to grind my own ground meats. I can control the fat content that way. And, with my electric meat grinder, it takes more time to get the grinder parts chilled than it does to grind a couple of pounds. Which reminds me--there is room in the freezer, I can just park the parts there so they are good to go the next time I want to grind meat.
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Do you think it could have anything to do with the dreaded "Pink Slime"?
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Do you think it could have anything to do with the dreaded "Pink Slime"?
I sure hope not, but I don't think so.
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