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How to Make Minced Meat at Home?

Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova
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Minced meat is a well-known product and is associated with the traditions of many national cuisines. In the East, it has been prepared since ancient times, by finely chopping and shaping it with a chopper knife.

It is a basic mixture, which can be used to prepare a variety of meat recipes. Everyone has tried, at least once, to make minced meat at home. For this purpose, the irreplaceable grinder comes to the rescue. In fact, grinding meat is an easy step in the whole process.

The most important thing is to choose the right meat from those on the market. For tasty and tender minced meat, it is recommended to choose beef neck meat as the main component. A part of the thigh with a neck part can also be safely used in this case. Pork should be added to it as well. It is tastier, fattier and will add a better texture to the mixture.

The proportions can be the following: 70% beef and 30% pork. There's also minced meat on the market, which also includes turkey meat in its ingredients. You can also add it to the minced meat, but then you will use 60% beef, 30% pork and 10% turkey.

Once you have bought the meat, you need to clean it from the veins and skins. Then cut it into small pieces and start grinding it in a meat grinder or food processor. When the mixture is ready, leave it in the refrigerator for about 24 hours. Stir it well in advance, so that the individual minced meat pieces are evenly distributed in it.

Then it is ready for various recipes. If you are going to prepare minced meat for meatballs, then you need more pork, which is also from the tender neck. It is good to add some bacon, so that the meatballs are not too dry when they are ready. Pork should be about 60%-70% compared to the 40%-30% of beef.

The minced meat is then seasoned necessarily with salt. Cumin is added to it, which is a traditional spice for meat. You can also use fenugreek in combination with parsley and savory herb.

Fresh prepared minced meat

For meatballs, you can add wet white bread and finely chopped onions in it and even a little fresh garlic if you like. To homogenize this mixture, it is best to add the yolk of one egg per kilogram of minced meat. The egg is added to the minced meat, which contains more individual ingredients.

Some prefer to roast small hot or slightly hot peppers for a more spicy and rich taste, peel them, chop them finely without the seeds and add them to the mixture. The minced meat, which is made for kebabs, must have black pepper and cumin in it.

Seasoning minced meat should be tailored to your own eating habits for taste and personal preference.

If you have freshly prepared or purchased minced meat, we recommend trying one of our favorite minced meat recipes:

- minced meat roll;

- meatball soup;

- oven-baked meatballs;

- or moussaka with minced meat;