Food processor or KitchenAid stand mixer for grinding meat?
- blkery May 15, 2011 07:13 PM
I'm not a vegetarian, but I don't eat a lot of ground meat. That said, I am supremely enticed by Kenji Alt's Big Mac recipe on Serious Eats ( http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2... ). I have a food processor, my girlfriend has a KitchenAid stand mixer. Should I grind the meat for this burger (or any future burgers) in the processor, or buy a meat grinder attachment for the KitchenAid and use that? Is it worth the $50?
I'd prefer the meat grinder attachment for the KA mixer because it "grinds" the meat as opposed to simply chopping it up into increasing smaller pieces. I like the finished texture better from the grinder. But it's simply a matter of preference. Either will do the job.
P.S. Your link doesn't work ... One of these:
My dad had a meat grinder, but I've never done it. Just not that into meat...
BUT I did see an episode of America's Test Kitchen where they made homemade hamburgers and they froze 1 inch meat cubes a short time (maybe 15 min??) and then ground them in a food processor. Surprised me because I didn't know it was possible. That seemed to be their method of choice.