Friday, February 15, 2019

The Possibilities Are Endless With Our New Cuisinart Electric Meat Grinder

Earlier this month, we purchased a Cuisinart Meat Grinder for several reasons. We spent a little more than we wanted to, but we scored a fantastic deal. And, the reviews were great. You can read all about that here. Less than a week after we ordered the meat grinder, it was delivered. We've used it quite a bit since. This afternoon I needed to cook some chicken for our kid's meals and make more Bodacious Magic Meatballs. It was the perfect opportunity to take photos of the process from start to finish.

Our kids love boneless chicken breasts. We do too. Our freezer is stocked with a lot of family packs. Prior to getting the Cuisinart Electric Meat Grinder, we would defrost 1 package at a time. Now, we defrost 2. That gives us enough meat to grind and cook for our kid's meals and to make 2 dozen Bodacious Magic Meatballs.

After the chicken defrosts, we trim it up and cut it into big chunks. This meat grinder is powerful. We very seldom need to use the pusher. 

The meat grinder came with 2 grinder sizes. We use the larger of the 2. It's the perfect size for meals and the homemade meatball dog treats. 

Yesterday, I only needed to grind 1 family pack of chicken. I used the small round pan to catch the ground meat. When grinding 2 family packs of chicken, I use the large round pan. 

Here you have it. Fresh ground boneless chicken breasts. This week, we paid $1.69 a pound for the pack of boneless chicken breasts. If we were to buy ground chicken breasts at the store, the cost would be $4-$5 a pound. 

This is one of the main reasons why we purchased a meat grinder...

I took about 3 pounds of the ground chicken breasts and cooked it. We add a little water to the mixture because if we don't, it sticks to the pan and the finished product comes out too dry. Instead of adding fat, we add the water. Works like a charm.

To back up a bit, before we got the Cuisinart Electric Meat Grinder, we used to bake the chicken in the oven or cook it in the crockpot. After the chicken cooled off, we would spend a lot of time cutting the chicken up into tiny, tiny pieces. 

Now that we have the meat grinder, we no longer have to cut the chicken up. This saves us a lot of time. The ground chicken cooks up beautifully and the pieces are tinier than the pieces we used to cut.

The ground chicken breasts that we put aside is used to make Bodacious Magic Meatballs. I add the egg and flour and...mix.

I'm not going to lie. Combining this mixture is not pretty. In fact, it kind of sucks. But, our kids love our homemade meatball dog treats's worth it. 

After mixing the Bodacious Magic Meatballs, I roll into balls. About the size of a golf ball or a little bigger. I always line the cookie sheet/s with non-stick foil. 

I bake these gems at 350 for 20 minutes. Our kids are addicted to our homemade meatball dog treats that we've nicknamed Bodacious Magic Meatballs.

I never thought in a million years that a meat grinder would be a kitchen appliance that we'd ever own. But, here we are. And, we love it!

In the weeks ahead, we plan on experimenting with combining lean steak and seafood into the chicken for meals and homemade meatball dog treats.

We also have the attachments for our Cuisinart Electric Meat Grinder to make homemade sausages. Which we'd love to make so we can cook and slice for our kid's snacks.

The possibilities are endless.

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