Home Ground Beef, A Tasty Burger

 

 

 

We often watch “Cook’s Country” on television.  Their forte is taking well known or classic recipes and try to make them better.  One episode they wanted to recreate the classic greasy spoon, roadside restaurant fried burger that was popular in the late 50’s and early 60’s with people taking long car trips.  The interesting part of the recipe was that they ground their own beef with a food processor and it was something we wanted to try.  Now, my wife had tried it a couple of times and it wasn’t really that good.  The biggest problem was she was using “petite sirloin”.  WAY TOO LEAN and there is too much gristle and other connective tissue left on that cut and the meat was still to chunky.  So, I wanted to try it again, this time using a piece of boneless chuck.

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Starting with a nice piece of boneless chuck.

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Cut them into about 1 inch cubes

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The cubes go into the freezer for about 10 minutes just to give the chunks a slight firmness.  Other wise, when they get run through the food processor, they might just turn to mush.

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I ran the meat through the processor twice.  I first used the slicing attachment.

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Then the meat meets the real chopper blade.

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I did a couple of batches.

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By golly !! Dang if that at least doesn’t look like ground beef!!

Nothing like nice bright pink beef !!

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Now, because the meat is actually small bits and pieces and not long fibers like real ground meat, there is a lot less cohesion and because I do not pack my burgers very tight, these would probably not do well out on the grill.  I only want to have to touch these once when I flip them so the don’t fall apart.  Do you see the dimple in the middle of each burger?  That’s so when they cook, they don’t expand up and end up like meatballs.

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Some tater tots done on the waffle iron.  Mmmmmm, crispy !

There are a whole bunch of websites/blogs that show what can and cannot be cooked on a waffle iron and tater tots was a good one.

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Lightly toasted bun with a little lettuce and some thousand island style condiment.  Another burger tip, toasted buns provide a little buffer so the juices of the burger don’t make the bun soggy as fast.

Despite all of the food nazi warnings about under cooked ground beef, I still LOVE my burgers PINK.  An interesting thing about grinding the meat this way is that because the bits and pieces are small, I think the burger can be cooked a little more closer to medium and it would still be good because there is not a lot of bite resistance.  It doesn’t fall apart like a sloppy joe but it has a good chew.

Sunday Afternoon In The Park

I spent Sunday afternoon at the gun range, also known as “my brother’s backyard.”

My brother lives out in the country and one advantage is that your neighbors can have some distance.

In a couple of days when the rest of the beans are harvested, he is going to dump a few logs 200 yards out so we shoot the .223.

I started shooting before my brother set up.

This would be my first 120 rounds:

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Good, but not great.

That’s why it’s called practice.

I do believe though had this been an actual shooting situation, I would be alive or cooking whatever I shot for dinner.

And after all the practice, we get to have the real fun.  Old style shoot out:

Next time we are going to cheat and shoot from the 2o’ line

 

 

 

Shortage of Carny Workers in America??

A story in the mostly useless Chicago Tribune about pay theft by the employer of some carnival workers:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-carnival-workers-wage-theft-0810-biz-20160809-story.html

The part of the story that I was interested in was this:

Two of the plaintiffs are South Africans who were brought in by All Star Amusement on temporary work visas called H-2Bs, meant for hospitality and other nonagricultural seasonal jobs. Like with other temporary work visas, including the high-skill H-1Bs and agricultural H-2As, employers wishing to bring in H-2B workers are supposed to establish that there are not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified and available to do the temporary work and that their wages won’t adversely affect the wages and conditions of U.S. workers.

 

Seriously?? We have to import carnys??

If you don’t think we have a problem with Federal immigration laws……………………..

 

Oh, and off topic, Gary Busey made a good movie called “Carny.”

Nope and Hell Nope !!!

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Getting tired of the trump drones telling me that if I don’t vote for trump, it’s a vote for hillary and if she gets elected, it’s my fault (yeah, like I have that kind of power!!)

Getting tired of being told I have to choose the lesser of two evils.

Kind of like the choice between a shit sandwich or a shit sandwich with cheese.

 

#OnlyCruz

Good Bye Old Friend !

It’s with deep sorrow that I have to report that I will be losing a good friend:

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HP Pavilion a1224n:

519K P4 Pentium

1 GB Memory

220 GB HD

I bought this desktop at the end of 2005.

I left out the best attribute of this computer:

Windows XP !!!!!

I love Windows XP and in my life of being a computer user, XP has been and will be (for quite some time) my favorite operating system.  Do people remember Win 98 and ME?????

My XP computer works well for most of what I do with it.  It is  however under powered for watching Netflix online, Youtube, listening to Old Time Radio, Mark Levin and other activities like that.

Did I mention that I love my XP?????

I work for a large company and quite literally, I was the very last person that had an XP machine sitting on my desk when the company was forced to “upgrade” to Win 7.  I do a very esoteric job and a lot of it involves using recorded video from some very,very old video systems that we once had and still use.  There are a number of programs I use daily that are less than fully compatible with Win 7 which adds to my daily grumpiness at work.

 

With the retirement my my XP desktop, I have a couple of options.

  1.  Get a new desktop
  2.  Get a docking station for my $#@%! Win 8 laptop

Getting a new desktop really isn’t in the budget right now and I don’t have enough Amazon gift cards saved up to get a desktop through Amazon.  I would  also prefer not to buy a big ticket item through Amazon after a couple of “poor” experiences and the fact that it’s hard to find a really good deal that would be less cost compared a sale at a local big box electronic store.  I do what shopping at Amazon mostly because I can get free Amazon gift cards.

There are several downsides to the docking station idea as well. One is the cost.  Getting a decent docking station would cost  a large percentage of getting a new desktop along with the idea that the docking station would be a short term solution.  The second is that most of the better docking stations seem to not do well with $#@%! Win 8.

Whether I go with option 1 or option 2, I will have to get new software as well.  I currently use Quicken 2003 for my bookkeeping and it works just fine.  But, Quicken 2003 will not load on my $#@%! Win 8 laptop.  Quicken 2005 will also not load on that laptop and despite Quicken 2008 being able to load, it will not upload/convert my Quicken 2003 data file.  The good news is that I will soon by my TurboTax for the year and very often, the big box computer store will have a deal when you buy several Intuit products at the same time.

Sometime this week I will stop on my way home from work at the big box computer store and get the most recent version of Quicken, and then I can retire my buddy, the XP machine.

 

But XP will live on !!

I still have an XP laptop that is still pretty darn good ! (except the “a” and “s” keys keep popping off.)