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How to Grind Meat in a Food Processor

If you want to try grinding meat at home without investing in another appliance, you can use your food processor. Grinding meat at home will let you be confident in the freshness of your ingredients and lets you control the amount of fat that goes into your meat. With just a few simple steps, you'll have fresh ground meat for plenty of recipes.

What you'll need:

  •  Butcher's knife. You'll need to chop a whole cut of meat into smaller cubes for effective grinding.
  •  Chilled bowl. A chilled bowl will help keep the meat firm and bacteria-free after grinding.
  •  Baking sheet lined with foil or parchment. Place cubes of meat on this sheet to freeze it.
  •  Food processor. Use this to grind the meat.
  •  Meat of your choice. Choose the cuts or blends best for your planned recipes.

Step 1: Cut meat.

Use your butcher's knife to cut meat into 1-inch cubes. Place the cubes on the lined baking sheet as you slice, making sure they aren't touching.

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Step 2: Freeze meat.

Place the baking sheet with the cut meat into the freezer for no more than 20 minutes. This will firm up the meat so the food processor can cut it cleanly instead of tearing or smashing it up.

Note: For food safety, be sure no other food stored in your freezer touches the raw meat.

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Step 3: Grind in batches.

Fill the processor about half full with the cubes of meat and pulse for 1 second, 8 to 10 times. Pour the ground meat into a chilled bowl. You can then refill the processor and repeat the grinding process as needed. Be sure not to pulse for a continuous eight seconds. You'll want to check the meat after each pulse to see if you've reached your desired consistency.

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Step 4: Use or freeze.

If you ground up just enough for your recipe, go ahead and start cooking. Otherwise, cover the bowl of ground meat and place in the freezer to retain freshness.

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