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.

Lunch for Week XII

UPDATE :

The good news is that lunch is not ruined.  It has a heavy vinegar taste, but will do for this week !

 

The week of leftover lunches were interesting, but it’s nice to get back to some spicy Chinese !!

Now, that looks like a lot of chicken but it isn’t really too much considering there is probably only a total of 6 thighs and it is for 4 lunches.  I did accidentally take more out of the freezer then I wanted to, but decided to cook it all any way !!

There was a very good sale on “Black Friday” at my grocery store and one of the things that I bought was a “name brand” can of baby corn  instead of the cheapest one that I can find.  What a difference it made when I opened the can and emptied the contents into the strainer !!!.  Each ear was the same length and same girth, not just a random bunch of stuff in the can !  It will most likely taste the same and I don’t mind using the stems and stalks in the lunches, but if I were preparing a meal for others, I might have to go with the name brand as presentation is almost as important ast the taste.  And my lunch experience is mostly just about filling my pie hole until dinner.

Despite this looking like a lot of chicken, when I spooned out equal portions into my lunch containers, there wasn’t too much.  My lunch is quite a bit less than what you would buy for take out and a Chinese restaurant.  And I will be keeping the sauce and chicken separate as to keep as mush of the fried, crunchy goodness that I can !

I have ruined a bit of food by “experimenting” or altering a recipe.  Today, I thought I would try adding a little rice wine vinegar into the sauce.  And don’t you know that I dumped too much in !!!.  I tried to compensate by adding another package of sauce.  I did not sample the sauce yet, so on Monday at 11:15 am when my food comes out of the microwave at work, I will find out how it is !

Lunch For Week XI

For various reasons, we had a splendid ham for Thanksgiving.  And with that, I will have a couple of days of ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy for two lunches.  The rest of the week I will have to “wing it” with other leftovers.

Many years ago I saw this Kids in the Hall sketch:

WARNING !!! ADULT LANGUAGE !!

To this day, whenever anyone  asks me how the ham is, I have to fight back the urge to say………

Fine Ham Abounds, Mom !!!!

GOOGLE FAIL !!!!!

11/2007:

http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/google-renewable-energy-47112801

Google aims to make electricity derived from the wind and sun and other renewable sources of energy cheaper than burning coal, and the Web search giant has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars toward the effort, including tens of millions in 2008. It didn’t release specific figures, but it did set the goal of producing enough electricity to power San Francisco in “years not decades.”

The initiative will focus first on solar thermal power, wind power and geothermal systems.

Depending on how fast Google spends its money, its investment could rival the federal government’s investment in renewable energy. A Government Accountability Office report found that Department of Energy spending on research and development of biomass, wind and solar energy sources totaled just $65 million in 2006. (Since this was posted this morning, the folks over at reddit have identified other Department of Energy budget documents that make the GAO estimate seem far too low, with $1.16 billion being appropriated for energy efficiency and renewable energy in 2006, and $1.24 billion requested for 2008.)

11/2011:

http://news.yahoo.com/google-quits-plans-cheap-renewable-energy-003306393.html

Google Inc has abandoned an ambitious project to make renewable energy cheaper than coal, the latest target of Chief Executive Larry Page’s moves to focus the Internet giant on fewer efforts.

Google said on Tuesday that it was pulling the plug on seven projects, including Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal as well as a Wikipedia-like online encyclopedia service known as Knol.

Google began making investments and doing research into technology to drive down the price of renewable energy in 2007, with a particular focus on solar power technology.

In 2009, the company’s so-called Green Energy Czar, Bill Weihl, told Reuters that he expected to demonstrate within a few years working technology that could produce renewable energy at a cheaper price than coal.

“It is even odds, more or less,” Weihl said at the time. “In three years, we could have multiple megawatts of plants out there.”

FAIL !!!!!!!!!

I for one  am very glad that Google was NOT able to defy the laws of Nature and Physics.(that would be doing evil)

Greenies need to finally understand that converting wind, bio mass or the sun into useable energy for HUMANS cannot be done cheaper and more efficiently then burning coal !!!!!

Lunch Week IX

No big change, just another pot of chili.

The only difference is that here may be about 50% more meat in this batch.  I purchased about 4 pounds of ground chuck and made hamburgers, a kick ass meatloaf and used the remainder for the chili.

Still about $10.00 for the week for lunch