Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Meat Mincing

I love scratch food, and having control over our diet. I also love instant food, not that kind that you buy in bags but that you prepare ahead of time and freeze, to save time later.

Today I spent 4 hours in the kitchen, trying out the new, fantastic meat mincer. We bought lots of lean meat at the store.

What We Bought
Chicken Breasts, 3 kg
Pork Loin (Good chunks of solid meat), 1 kg (4 pieces)
Buffalo Cubes - (Good solid meat from India)
Buffalo Cut - (Two steak-like pieces)
Chicken Wings, 20 pieces
Chicken Drumsticks,

Everything was either at a bargain or going at a good price today. All are good, solid, cuts of meat, not having been processed.

What We Did:
First all the meat must be soaked, sterilized in O3 gas, washed, and drained. 

I minced 1 kilo of pork. Half of it I seasoned with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp ground pepper, and froze in two 250g bags in the freezer, labelled nicely. The other half I used to make seasoned sausagemeat (see below)

Out of 3 kilos of chicken breasts, I made:
1) Four chicken breast steaks, pounded, 175g each, frozen in a bag and ready to be seasoned as steaks for a complete dinner.
2) 425g of chicken skin and fat (nothing goes to waste!) for use in making luncheon meat later on another day
3)  500g + 500g + 325g - three bags of minced chicken, ready to be made into patties, fried with egg and vegetables, fill ravioli or kreplach or wonton or schnitzel or chickenballs or nuggets. Also hopefully to make luncheon meat!
4) 500g for seasoned sausagemeat

The buffalo slices are seasoned in last week's pastrami/corned-beef nitrate-free salt brine to be smoked, broiled, roasted, steamed, or boiled. This was easy. In a week, I have already-spiced meat ready to use.

The 1 kg of buffalo cubes - minced and used for sausagemeat.

Bag the chicken wings and drumsticks. 

Sausagemeat: 
 This seasoned meat can be used to make meatballs, burger patties, sausage, meatloaf, filling, etc. It is already seasoned, broken up into 500g bags ready for immediate thaw and use.

2 kg meat of any combination
  1. 500g minced chicken
  2. 500g minced pork
  3. 1 kg minced buffalo
3 tsp salt
3 tsp pepper
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp whole grain mustard
1 tbsp garlic powder
thyme and rosemary
1/4 cup flour

Mix everything, and bag. To make meatballs, add 2-4 eggs and wheatgerm. Coat with flour, shape into balls, and bake. 


 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Plowing By Hand

Surely I would stop before my hand was ready to develop blisters, and I did. As I type, my hands are curled awkwardly and are just sore in the slightest. Half an hour in the yard with a heaving hoe, the simplest of all plowing tools, is enough to leave me sweaty and my hair in a wreck.

It felt good. I felt the swift blade of the huge hoe cut through the soil as I swung it down. I saw how it could peel away the layer of grass as I tugged. And as I broke up the soil in satisfying clumps of red-brown and black-brown, I felt empowered.

"I can do this," I thought, "I can break up fallow soil with a hoe. I could entire fields with this."

Shoveling the clumps of soil and brown debris into the large garbade can was easy. The garbage can now stands proud and immovable. It is so heavy, and I am proud that I could lift that much soil.

Last night I worked out at the gym. Today at teatime, I had a full workout in the garden. In both cases, I built up muscles and used up fat. It felt good.

Now I must tie my hair, don an apron, and start on dinner meatballs while reciting Physics 1.1.2 out loud.