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Meat Mincer

CQ Butchers - Friday, May 22, 2015

Caring For Your Meat Mincer: 6 Ways to Keep It Going Strong

It's not at all difficult to use a meat mincer. Just assemble the mincer with the plate you want, make sure that you trim the meat before you put it into the hopper, turn on the mincer and press the meat through. Once you have done all of that, you have mincemeat. 

If you’re like most people, you probably want your meat mincer to last for a long time. To make it simple to keep your meat mincer is such good condition that it will last for many years to come, here are six handy tips to follow:

1) Keep It Cold

If your meat is warm, fat leaks out, and the texture comes out as dry and pulpy. To remedy the situation, put the meat mincer and its parts in your freezer for an hour before grinding. You should also keep your meat chilled at all times. 

2) Keep Your Meat Trimmed

One of the most common reasons that your meat smears is that the sinew gets caught around the blade, which causes the blade to dull. What ends up happening is that you smoosh the meat through the plate's holes, which chews up the texture. You can prevent this by trimming your meat. 

3) Keep Your Meat From Smearing

Watch your meat as it comes out of your mincer. It should be coming out of every hole in small pieces. Make sure that you can clearly distinguish the meat from the fat. If your meat appears wet, comes out as one mass, and collects on the die's surface, use your mincer's "reverse" function and see if the situation corrects itself. If it doesn't, take the mechanism apart, clean its blade, and start over again. 

4) Keep Your Blade Sharp At All Times

You should give the most attention to your meat mincer's blade. If your blade is dull, it will smear the meat. However, the good news is that the blade's metal grinds down with each use, which makes the contact between the blade and the plate tighter. A well-used blade makes a mincer operate very smoothly. If your mincer's blade gets too dull, you may need to get it resharpened. You usually only have to do this no more than once a year. You can also buy replacement blades for a few extra dollars. 

5) Keep Your Mincer's Plate Clean

When you allow meat to stick and dry to your mincer's blade, you are endangering the health of you and your family. Between mincings, remove and clean all parts of the machine. Do not stick the plate in your dishwasher as it will tarnish. Wash it with soap by hand, then dry it with a towel. 

6) Keep It Clean, Part 2

Before you take your meat mincer apart for cleaning purposes, take some wadded-up paper towels and put them through your mincer just as you would meat. While the paper towels will not come out the other end, they will push out stray meat bits that stayed behind. It also cleans out your mincer's shaft and feed tube. 

If you follow these simple directives, using and caring for your very own meat mincer should be a snap. Like any other appliance, a mincer has its own quirks and peculiarities, so learning how to get around them ensures that your mincer will enjoy a long life in your kitchen. Click on the link to find out what type of mincer’s are available and which meat mincer will best suit you and your family.

Vacuum Sealer

CQ Butchers - Thursday, August 08, 2013

Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks

There’s no better way to keep your food fresh and ready to use than in vacuum sealed bags. These bags are great to marinate steaks and other meat products, store fresh and crisp veggies and avoid freezer burn if you want to freeze your food. The bags used for sealing usually come in rolls. They can be cut to the desired size and sealed on both ends. It’s good to know a few tricks of the trade to make the best use of your vacuum sealer.

Storing liquids and powdered food

There’s always some soup leftover after a party. So if you want to save it up for a lazy afternoon, all you have to do is freeze the soup before vacuum sealing it. This way you can avoid liquid disasters when the vacuum sucks the liquid out of the cover while you seal it. Most vacuum seal bags are microwave-safe too, so that makes reheating your soup just as easy.

Be extra diligent about running your vacuum sealer through its complete cycle – first the vacuum and then the sealing. For powdered food, double pack it by emptying the contents into an inner cover and vacuum sealing the external cover to avoid powder getting sucked in by the vacuum. Vacuum sealing powdered food can help avoid lumps, and in case of sugars you can prevent hardening too.

Storing meat and fish

If you are wondering how to lock in the juices in your meat and get them to marinate quickly, vacuum sealing them is the best option. The vacuum helps open out the pores in the meat allowing it to marinate faster. Similarly, tray-freeze fish and meat to lock in their juices before vacuum sealing them. Meat and fish can be stored this way for over two years.

Fruits and vegetables

You don’t have to worry about your fruits and veggies losing their bite – they’ll retain their freshness for months and sometimes even up to two years if vacuum sealed. Blanch your veggies and tray-freeze them before sealing them. In case of fruits, just tray-freeze them before sealing them in.

Prepping food for vacuum sealed storage

If you intend to put away the food for a while, take the time to prepare it suitably as well. Wash and dry food items like fruits, vegetables and meat.

Avoid transferring bacteria and germs onto the food by avoiding direct hand contact. Tongs and ladles can help you clean and put away your food conveniently and hygienically. Also, label your food products so that you have an idea how long they’ve been in there.

You can go beyond storing your food only in plastic bags and buy accessories to seal canisters and jars too.

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