Cooking Bambi Burgers (and testing the meat grinder)

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Game hunting season is on and I need to figure out what to do with all the meat.

We primarily eat moose meat because that is what the man hunts, but we bought half a deer last spring from a friend and we still have some of it left. We butchered it ourselves and as the main chef in the house, I made sure to clean up, sort, cut and label the cuts so that it’s as easy as possible to use them later. I’m quite particular when it comes to my meats…

I had sorted the random scraps of deer into their own little bags so I could use them for minced meat, as soon as I got me a meat grinder. I’ve had my trusty Kitchen Aid for a long time and I finally got the metal food grinder attachment for it when it was on sale.

The moose meat we get is ground fresh where they butcher the animal, but it’s quite a rough grind so I sometimes wish I could give it another pass at home. Another reason for wanting my own meat grinder is that when it’s the start of the hunting season, there is always some of the previous seasons bigger cuts best suited for roasts and stews left. I never really crave for those kinds of foods so I rarely cook them. Now I can basically just chuck everything in the grinder and use up the meat better how I like it.

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I saw somewhere a tip that meat grinds (grounds? someone help me with this word and grammar please and thank you) easier when it’s a little frosty and my god was that the best tip I have ever heard in my life. I have cried at midnight, sharpening the blade the third time during the evening and struggling to grind all that fresh zero fat and high iron moose meat. How’s that for a childhood trauma?

Today I moved my little bambi meat bag from the freezer to the fridge in the morning so it was perfectly thawed by evening and went through really easily without tears from me.

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As mentioned before, I like a nice small grind so I put the meat through twice; first through the biggest holes and then the second biggest. Gorgeous.

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There is nothing quite like a burger made from freshly ground venison, just salt and pepper to season. and a huge chuck of blue cheese…

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Sorry for the shitty snapshots, me was hangry.

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Any tips on how to utilize the food grinder for more than just meat?



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saw somewhere a tip that meat grinds easier when it’s a little frosty...

Your use of grinds in this case is correct. Well done.

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Do you approve of my post in this community? Wasn’t sure if it would fit since I didn’t even have to go outside for the meat 💁🏼‍♀️

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Yeah, it's fine Eve, I know how you get it, (hunting), and it fits from a preparation/self reliance perspective also.

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I feel like there is more rules to break and bend in this new revised community of yours, I’ll pray for you 😝

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Lol, well I know the background on the scenario with you so it's all ok...had it been someone else, or have not had that hunting element in it...muted. 🙂

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I could have linked in the butchering of said meat but it would have taken me forever to find that post 😅

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Yeah, it's all good...Now, I notice I haven't yet got an invite for burgers. When I do, the answer is yes.

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I thought the invite was obvious, we friends and I’m posting in your community.

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Sorry. I suck at grammar and words but I'm quite proficient when it comes to looking at pictures of ground meat. And by that I don't mean the meat came from the ground, even though it did walk on the ground at one point.

I once heard through the grapevine, when it comes to meat grinders, they seem to work better when the meat is slightly frozen.

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I thought I was pretty good at English and grammar but while writing this highly important post I found out I’m tripping on something in the ground while grinding.

Where does one draw the line between slightly frozen and slightly thawed?

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Where does one draw the line between slightly frozen and slightly thawed?

I guess that would depend on its origin. If it was fresh, you'd have to put in the freezer in order for it to be slightly frozen at some point. If it was frozen, you'd have to take it out of the freezer for it be slightly thawed at some point.

I was going to say that's like a 'is a cup half full or half empty' scenario until I actually thought about it.

You also said something about tripping and I suggest you refrain from operating heavy machinery like a meat grinder after eating those mushrooms you found on the ground.

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That meat looks amazing! I wish I was hunting/growing my own food. I’ll get there…

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Depending on where you live it’s definitely possible to at least grow some of your own food, and maybe hunt.

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