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Jul 30, 2013 04:14 AM

Place to have meat ground

I have a bunch of grassfed roasts that I don't care for and want to have ground into hamburger. Is there a place in the area where I can have this done? Would any butcher be willing to grind up my meat for me?

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  1. You might want to go over to the cookware board and look at recommendations for a meat grinder. I bought a small one for under $100. that is working well for my grinding needs.

    Unless you are a long and faithful customer, I can't imagine a butcher willing to do this. They don't know your meat's condition and would have to clean their grinder completely after doing it. They would also be taking on liability for something they can't control.


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    1. re: BostonZest

      Yes. You can get an old timey hand crank one for ~20$. I used that for a while until I got a KA and then got the grinder attachment. It's not the greatest but it does a decent enough job for the sort of scale the OP is talking about - that's pretty much exactly what I use mine for.

      1. re: jgg13

        I bought a hand crank machine and found it essentially un-usuable. Even with semi freezing smallish chunks I just could not get and decent amount of pork through the thing.

        1. re: StriperGuy

          Define decent amount?

          Generally when I'm looking to grind I'm doing 1-3 pounds and both the hand crank and the KA suffice for that, albeit not perfectly. It's not that expensive to buy something much more heavy duty.

    2. If you don't want to buy a grinder, just chop them into smallish chunks and throw them into a food processor.. not ideal, but if you don't overdo it, you'll get something you can form into a burger..

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      1. re: grant.cook

        Yes, but you need to freeze those half-inch chunks on a sheet pan for 30 min before pulsing in the FP.

      2. You can also check out Alton Brown's Burger of the Gods recipe on the Food Network or his transcript of A Grind is a Terrible Thing To Waste, especially if you don't want to buy a meat grinder. He gives directions for using a food processor.

        I like my KitchenAid grinder attachment for the atand mixer pretty well, and it isn't super expensive. The Homecooking Board and the Cookware Board will have more info if you decide to go that route.

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        1. re: bear

          Thanks, all. I tried putting my meat through the attachment on my juicer, and it didn't work at all. Seems like I need to invest in a grinder. It's quite a bit of meat because we purchased a whole cow!

          1. re: makinitgreen

            if you bought the meat from a local farm, try contacting them. they may know somebody who will help you.

            1. re: makinitgreen

              I will hazard a guess that the True Value hardware in the north End will have a hand-crank meat grinder.

              When you say you tried putting the meat through the juicer attachment, do you mean an attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer? I have the meat grinder attachment and it works OK for me too, though I think the hand-crank one I have (it was my grandmother's) is easier to clean.

              1. re: gimlis1mum

                you might have better luck at eastern baker's supply, also in the north end. that true value is pretty yuppified.

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  No, I have seen a hand crank meat grinder for sale at the Salem Street True Value, and a pretty solid one at that. If I were in the market for a hand-crank model, I'd buy it.

                  I'm not sure you can call a place that sells pickle crocks "yuppified."

                  1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                    I admire those pickle crocks every time I walk by. It's the one and only time I've been able to avoid buying crockery I don't need. But now I think I NEED one. Thanks for the reminder!

                    1. re: yumyum

                      I've dragged two of those pickle crocks home on the T...not at the same time, though :-)

                    2. re: Jenny Ondioline

                      "I'm not sure you can call a place that sells pickle crocks "yuppified.""

                      Are they crocks for making artisan, free range pickles?

                      1. re: NE_Wombat

                        Nope they are crocks for making old school Italian grandma pickles...

                        1. re: StriperGuy

                          lol, my italian grandma did not make pickles.

                          1. re: hotoynoodle

                            My SO's Italian mother does, though not in a crock that big.

                        2. re: NE_Wombat

                          No. They're crocks for making pickles, and they've been selling them for longer than I've been shopping at this store.

                          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                            I've been shopping at that store since '88 and they've always had those crocks.

                            1. re: StriperGuy

                              been shopping there a bit longer, but i carry on the non-pickling tradition and so have never noticed them.

              2. Hotoynoodle's recommendation is spot on.

                Someone "knocked apart" that beef, for your farmer.

                That someone would cheerfully grind the roasts...maybe for a fee....but cheerfully, seeing as it is their work to begin with.

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                1. re: Monch

                  Except that they're in Vermont, and we're in Boston, so getting the meat back to them would be an ordeal. I'll contact the farmer, though, and see if he has any ideas. Thanks.

                  1. re: makinitgreen

                    If you cannot grind it yourself, call an independent butcher shop and explain what you want. If you are willing to take the meat there at the very end of the day, they MIGHT be willing to grind it for you just before they sanitize their equipment for the next day.

                2. Any good butcher will grind any piece of meat you want for you.
                  Just ask!

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                  1. re: windward

                    That's not actually true. Many good butchers will hesitate to grind meat that they don't themselves source because it potentially means completely cleaning and sterilizing their meat grinder. That is why folks suggest asking at the end of the day when they will have to clean the grinder anyway.

                    1. re: StriperGuy

                      this is absolutely true. no butcher who wants to keep his health rating would process any meat from outside his shop. It would be foolish in the extreme to do so