Wednesday, January 9, 2008

My New Meat Grinder


Today I broke out my newest toy - a KitchenAid grinder attachment for our Artisan stand mixer. My little sister hit the nail on the head when she gave it to me as a Christmas gift this year. I was excited to get grinding and my only apprehension was that there was no going back. I'm happy to report that there is no going back. It was so simple, so easy to clean, that I can't understand why more people don't grind their own (assuming you own a stand mixer). If you buy meat from a butcher nearby there really is no reason to grind your own, but I discovered an entirely different level of flavor being able to grind, patty, and begin cooking in the space of 30 seconds. I read Jeffrey Steingarten's piece in Vogue on burgers and home-grinding last October and thought he was nutz, but could be on to something. I can safely say now that today, right out of the gate, I made the best burger I've ever made. 

4 comments:

Uncle Joe said...

Jeffrey Steingarten may still be nutz.
We just got a KitchenAid Artisan Stand MIxerfor Christmas and plan to buy the grinder attachments later. Glad your burger worked out great.

ps. I linked to you. Keep the stuff coming.....

Slice said...

Where are you going for meat? United Meat? Any other butchers in the neighborhood you'd recommend?

Hamburger America said...

Oh yes. From my kitchen window I can see the butcher at the new Union Market on 7th Ave in Park Slope. I'm now only a 30 second stroll from fresh, naturally raised Angus chuck and sirloin. United Meat in Windsor Terrace is also perfect for any cut of the cow, but it's going to be hard to beat my new, ridiculously close, butcher.

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