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Old 02-24-2018, 07:08 AM   #21
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I also have never had a frozen bought meatball that wasn't gross. I believe one of the reasons being is they use a machine to mix. This makes them more paste like and thoroughly disgusting. I have had meatballs at parties and admit to trying more than one but usually because I liked the sauce!

Use only your fingers to mix your ingredients. Keep them stiff and using a kneading motion, bring ingredients in from the edges and poke them down into the centre. This goes for meatballs and meatloaf.

Another key ingredients is stale bread 'croutons' soaked in milk, squeeze out excess milk and incorporate into your meat.
They become unbelievably tender!

Want a quick meal without all the mixing? Just make a huge batch and freeze them! - Homemade frozen meatballs right beside your frozen sauce you always have on hand.

I also bought a meatball gadget, looks like a pair of scissors. Melon baller and ice-cream scoops for different sizes but like my 1" gadget best.
Just dip in water between scoops. Much easier to release.
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:32 AM   #22
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use a melon baller for small balls.
I like mine a little bigger than melon ball size, somewhat smaller than a ping pong ball.

But you can make them any size you want. After all, you are the Lou Rawls of your Italian meat balls (apologies to Chef John).
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Old 02-24-2018, 10:50 AM   #23
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I think I know why.
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I thought the exact same thing lol
No recipe. That's correct. I'm not digging through those cards to find a recipe. Heck I'm not even sure where the little box is my wife uses. I like the idea they are a bit different each time.
And I'm not Googling multiple recipes to make something I already know how to make.

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So, not agreeing with somebody is closed minded? Well color me closed minded. I'll take my chances with home made..
I said as "close minded" as I was close minded and meant no disrespect.
So, just because something came prepared in advance it must be bad?
I would imagine your ingredient list would be similar to the one on prepared sausages. I guess you don't eat them either.

Of course they will not be as good (well maybe not in every case depending on who's making them) as fresh homemade.
No one is going to dispute that fact.

The whole premise of my thread was to ask if anyone had tried Costco frozen meatballs.
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Old 02-24-2018, 01:40 PM   #24
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No recipe. That's correct. I'm not digging through those cards to find a recipe. Heck I'm not even sure where the little box is my wife uses. I like the idea they are a bit different each time.
And I'm not Googling multiple recipes to make something I already know how to make.
There are other ways to save favorite recipes in a more convenient way.

It sounded like you wanted to use frozen because they always turn out the same way, unlike your homemade ones, which are never the same, which came across as "not as good."

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I said as "close minded" as I was close minded and meant no disrespect.
You said

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I guess you guys are as closed minded as I was before those meatballs last Christmas.
So you're calling all of us close-minded because we don't like something you like.

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So, just because something came prepared in advance it must be bad?
Not necessarily. You were asking specifically about meatballs.

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The whole premise of my thread was to ask if anyone had tried Costco frozen meatballs.
That might have been what you intended, but the title of the thread just asks about frozen meatballs. So that's what we responded to.
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Old 02-24-2018, 01:49 PM   #25
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I'm not digging through those cards to find a recipe.
And I'm not Googling multiple recipes to make something I already know how to make.


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LOL - Hey! that's half the fun!
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Old 02-24-2018, 08:01 PM   #26
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I'm not offended in any way..honestly..I just like to encourage cooking from scratch with whole foods...I mean..that's why we are all here on this forum, after all..
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If this were on a road trip, I would say to every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose.

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Old 02-24-2018, 10:30 PM   #28
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I like mine a little bigger than melon ball size, somewhat smaller than a ping pong ball.

But you can make them any size you want. After all, you are the Lou Rawls of your Italian meat balls (apologies to Chef John).
I just suggested the scoop to make it easier for the OP to get uniform meatballs. For someone who is intimidated by the thought of making meatballs, I want to keep it as easy as possible.

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Old 02-24-2018, 10:47 PM   #29
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To the thin-skined (you know who you are), RTB said he was closed minded about frozen meatballs until he tried the ones his sister made, and suggested that we may be, too. I got the meaning, and wasn't offended, but then, I don't look for opportunities to be offended (and then have to have the last word).

Now, back to the topic.

As I posted before, I have not eaten COSTCO frozen meatballs.

Also, you may want to check your grocer's meat department for fresh meatballs. What you don't use right away, you can freeze to have on hand.

Finally, meatballs are not as difficult as you think they are. They are actually pretty easy. And, you get the added reward of a new cooking skill.

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Old 02-24-2018, 10:52 PM   #30
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If this were on a road trip, I would say to every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose.

TURN!

Hmmmmm, you should think about putting that to music.

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