21 August 2006

Meat mincer






I bought a meat micer on Saturday. Just a cheap old-fashioned turn the handle mincer. It was only $20 at Harris Scarfe (half price). I am sick of buying heart start mince that looks like it has more and more fat in it each time I buy it. I want mince with no fat! I have tried mincing chicken breasts, pork fillet and beef so far and it works really well. I made some delicious chicken burgers last night. I feel that I am stepping back in time when I use it, but I can achieve the result that I want, so I don't mind.
We also bought a new barbeque with a hood and side burner, so I am ready for some gourmet meals on the deck as soon as the weather warms up. I am looking forward to trying a roast. Haven't roasted in a barbeque before. Any tips for me?

16 comments:

Leighanne said...

Great new 'toy', I use the food processor to mince chicken and other meat - but the mincer would be much more fun..lol

kathrynoh said...

What a great idea! I remember my mum having one of them and making mince when I was a kid :) I used to squeal at the icky meat coming out.

CaramelKitKat said...

Think of all the money you will save in the long run, 5star mince isn't cheap. Dad has an old mincer attached to the bench at home, I think it was his Dad's. You've got to watch your fingers though!

Re roasting in the BBQ: make sure the seal is working properly (the first time ours wasn't, cooking took FOREVER and used a whole gas bottle, although this made for great meat apparently) and consider sealing the meat in a pan before roasting or using a marinade as it cooks to prevent it from drying out. Enjoy!

Ails said...

Wow - I remember those mincers, my mum had one exactly like that, and I think it is still somewhere at a back of cupboard in their kitchen! Maybe I should hunt it out next time I'm there.... Just seeing that picture has brought back stacks of memories! Sounds like your place is the place to be this summer! Have a great week Suzy!

Julie's journey said...

I remember my Dad having a mincer like that when I was growing up. I agree with you about shop or bucher bought mince - it never looks lean enough for me either. Good luck with the bbq and may the weather warm up quickly!
:o)

Jaykay said...

I've done a couple of roasts in our BBQ and I put mine in one of those aluminium trays, then sat if on the shelf of the BBQ.

A tip is to make sure there is some water in the bottom as it does tend to dry out a little bit.

Girello roasts are fantastic done in the BBQ!

2paw said...

Yes, we had a mincer like that too!! You can mince different things together!! Like Kel the Butcher does!!!

Jodie said...

What a great bargin for the meat mincer. It's definately a lot healthier to mince your own meat and I've often wondered just how ripped off we are when we buy the extra lean mince from the supermarkets. At least this way you know exactly what the quality of the mince is you are getting. XX

chickychriss said...

Love that idea! I stopped buying mince from the supermarket as I was never happy with the quality.. Am tempted to go buy a mincer now.. to add to my ever growing kitchen gadget collection.. Have a great week suzy..

Anne said...

We ahve one of thos mincers too - ours is used to mince Paua (shell fish) for fritters. Would love a new BBQ that could roast - good luck with it!

Doug Bagley said...

BBQ sounds sooooo good. I like the new pic.

Em said...

Sounds like a great buy....at least you now know what your are really eating when it comes to mince.......way to go on loosing that kg Suzie and yeah spring is nearly here so bbqs galore......take care

Briony said...

I always wonder what else goes into the mince you buy at the supermarket. Great idea.
Bri

jen said...

I love those mincers..I remember them from years ago, mmmmm wonder where it has got too?? Must go throu my mum's cupboards next visit.
Good luck with the roast bbq...

Jen

Mary said...

That's how my parents do it on the farm! I was brought up on the freshest of fresh meat and veg. I really miss that. And yes, it's nearly BBQ season and I can't wait! Roasting? Watching my parents, it's no different to the oven but it tastes better and crispier on the outside and lush on the inside...mmm. Now I'm hungry again.

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