How to make your own ground meats?
I recently went to a supermarket looking for ground turkey to make turkey burgers. I could not find anything that didn't have "natural flavorings" as an ingredient! How do you make your own ground meats? Turkey, pork, beef, chicken, etc. Thanks.
For many this is heresy, but I make ground meat in the food processor. For beef, cut a chuck roast into 1-inch cubes and pulse away. You just have to be careful not to over-process b/c you can quickly end with something the texture of pate. For turkey I would be sure to use at least some dark meat to keep your patties moist.
I have not been satisfied with the grind they use on the packaged pork. I like to make dumplings and for the best ones, the pork needs to be fine. I use the food processor too, and like e_i_p said, you must be careful and watch it.
When I was young my dad would make hamburger, sausage, and ground ham. He had a a thing that attached to the kitchen table, and he fed the meat into the little grinder receptacle with one hand, turned the handle with the other. He made things like headcheese, and just all sorts of sausages. I'm not sure where to get those or if they still make them, that had to be cheap.