Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Grinding your own Meat

This week in the news they have featured a young woman who contracted E-Coli from a hamburger patty. She is now paralyzed from the waist down. The meat in her hamburger had been ground from 3 different sources in the U.S. plus one source from Uraguay.
Of course her paralysis is a rare and extreme case, but people get sick each year from e-coli. It could be mild intestinal pain to life-threatening and in some cases death.

E-coli can be contacted thru many sources such as ground meat, eggs, berries, spinach. Basically anything that could have contact with animal waste or run off.

So, the reason for this post is (remember Susan's Food Grinder post)....You can actually grind your own ground meat at home. Find a cut of meat you like and do it your self. You can use a grinder like Susans or you can place the meat in small chunks in a food processor and pulse to grind it. For hamburger patties it is usually better if there is some fat on the meat. It helps hold together better.

You can purchase a less expensive cut of beef and grind it yourself. You will save money and feel better about knowing the ingredients in your ground meat.


  1. Great post, Joy. Even though I've had this grinder for years I've never done any meat. I think I'll give this a try though. Thanks for the inspiration. I'll let you know how it turns out when I get it done. Have you done any?

  2. Yes, I have tried it using a food processor. It didn't hold together very well in a hamburger patty, because the meat I used was pretty lean. In this case fat is your friend. :)
    I guess you could add an egg or some other binding agent to your ground meat to shape your patties.
    After this story, I'm a little more determined to grind my own.
    ♥ Joy

  3. Wow. That is scary. You almost make me want to do it. I use ground turkey. I don't know how that fits in with all this.

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