Thursday, August 23, 2012

Make Your Own Ground Meat

Scripture to Live By:

That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.   For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.  For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 10:9-13

Frugal Tip Post:

My husband had a heart attack several years ago and since that time we have been trying to eat healthier.  We decided to cut back on red meat and to eat healthier meats with less fat. 

Today, I went shopping at Walmart and I thought I would look at lean ground beef  that was  93% lean.  It cost 4.78 a pound and a 4 ounce serving had 8 grams of fat.  I looked at white ground turkey and it was 97% lean and it cost $4.98 a pound.  It had 3 grams of fat for a 4 ounce serving.  I looked at the boneless skinless chicken breast. It was on sale for $1.88 a pound and for a 4 ounce serving there was 2 grams of fat.  It was a $2.90 savings per pound on the ground beef and a $3.10 savings over the white ground turkey. 

It only made sense to me to buy the boneless skinless chicken breast, which is less fat and much greater savings.  Even though it wasn't ground up it was the healthier choice and a better buy. 

I have been buying the boneless skinless chicken breast for some time and grinding it myself to use in place of ground beef.  I use it to make meat loaf, meat balls, taco meat, use it in spaghetti sauce, party meat pies, and many other recipes.  Anything I would use ground beef in, I substitute ground chicken ground from chicken breast. 

Here is how I make ground chicken.

I have a Kitchen Aid Mixer with an attachment that grinds up meat and vegetables. 

I also use an electric skillet to catch the ground meat as it comes out of the meat grinder.
  This prevents getting the meat on anything but the skillet. 
I am grinding large amounts of meat so I need a larger pan to catch it. 

Today I bought three packages of boneless skinless chicken breasts that totaled
 eleven and a half pounds.   Cost $1.88 a pound totaling $20.68.

It only takes about 10 minutes to grind 11 pounds of chicken.  It is worth  the savings.  If I had purchased the White Ground Turkey it would have cost $4.98 x11 = $54.78.  The ground beef would have cost $4.78 x 11 = $52.58.  The cost of the Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast was $1.88 x11 =$20.68  The savings by grinding your own meat is over $30.00.  That is quite a savings!

Before I start to grind the chicken breast I like to cut it in smaller strips,
 so it will go through the grinder easier. 

I place chicken in a 9 X 13 dish as I cut it up. This size of dish holds 11 lbs of chicken breast. 

Now the chicken is ready to grind. 

Place the chicken in the top of the meat grinder and push it down with the wooden plunger

After I get it all ground up I divide it into 1 pound packages.   Label and date it. 

I pat the packages flat and stack them so they are easier to organize in the freezer,
and they thaw faster when you are ready to use them.  

Then freeze it to use as needed.

With the remainder of the meat I have in the skillet,  I am making taco salad for dinner. 
What is left of the taco meat, I will freeze to use at a later date. 

Ah, it is ready to eat, won't you join me?

Looks yummy! Can't wait to enjoy it. 

Most of the time I do not pay over $1.99 for boneless skinless chicken breast.  Sometimes I get it for $1.77 or as today $1.88.  It is cheaper than ground turkey or ground beef and has less fat than both. 
It has been many years since we have eaten ground beef and we are very content with the change. 
Hope you will give it a try. For us it is a better choice.  You can't beat the amount of money you can save by simply grinding it up yourself. 


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  1. Thanks for the grinding tips! I'm registered fro the meat grinder attachment for my wedding shower and I've got my fingers crossed that I get it! We eat a lot of venison instead of ground beef, its healthier and cheaper

    1. Thank you for viewing my post and for your comment. I hope you you get the meat grinder attachment for your wedding shower. Wishing you the very best in marriage. Blessings, Jo-Ann

  2. could i use a food processor i don't have a grinding attachment

    1. I went to this web site to see what is said about using a food processor to grind meat -

      It says you can. Thank you for viewing my post. Hope you will try it and save. Blessings, Jo-Ann

  3. Just stumbled across your blog via the Hungry Hypo Linkup - that Kiwi and Strawberry Cake on your sidebar looks gorgeous.


    1. Thank you for viewing my post. The Kiwi and Strawberry Cake is delcious. Hope you will try it. Blessings, Jo-Ann

  4. Replies
    1. Thank you Julie for your comment and for visiting my post. Have a great weekend. Jo-Ann

  5. You are so clever!! Now...if only I had a grinder...

    By the way, I'm so sorry Food on Fridays was unavailable last week. I was locked out of my blog and unable to get in and publish anything at all. But thanks to my new tech support, it's live now, if you would like to join up this week. No pressure. I just wanted you to know.

    Have a healthy, frugal week!

    1. Thank you Ann for your comment. I wish you had a grinder or a food processor. It is such a savings.

      Thank you also for sharing about your lock out of your blog. Blessings to you. Jo-Ann

  6. That's a good idea especially since I have this attachment for my Kitchenaid : ) Don't know if you have any Smart N Finals near you, but they have large 5 1b ground turkey packages in their bulk frozen section for $7.99. That's approx. $1.60 a lb. This would meet the frugal side for your readers, but for your personal needs I went back to check and the fat content might be a bit higher. Just a thought. Thanks for your tip.

  7. Lynda, No I do not have a Smart N Finals near me. I have not heard of it before. Thank you for sharing your find on ground turkey packages i their bulk frozen sectionf for $7.99. Yes, my family is concerned about fat content. Thank you so much for viewing my post and for your comment, that would certainly help those who have that store available. My husband likes for me to use chicken breast because he can see what was there before I made it into ground chicken as well. Thanks again for your sharing.

  8. I didn't know there was an attachment for grinding meat. Add that to the Christmas list... Thanks for the tips!

  9. Thank you for viewing my post. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I hope you get the attachment for grinding meat for Christmas. It is very beneficial. Blessings to you today, Jo-Ann

  10. Great savings on grinding your own meat. I have a kitchen aid stand mixer and a grinding attachment. I'm just in the process of making my own raw dog food for my dog, so will be going a lot of grinding. Now I'll do my own and save a ton of money. We use chicken and turkey a lot. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  11. Thank you so much for your comment. I certainly appreciate it. Glad to hear you are using your grinding attachment. It does really save money to grind your meat. Thank you for having your linky party. Blessing to you, Jo-Ann

  12. Hi Jo-Ann,
    I love this idea. I am going to need to get that attachment for my Kitchen Aid. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  13. Jo-Ann,
    I can't believe how much savings are in grinding your own meats. I am certainly going to get the attachment for my Kitchen aid and start doing my own! Thanks so much for sharing at Creative Thursday last week. I can't wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great day :)

  14. You are a clever lady. I have this attachment on my kitchen aid so I think I'll be trying this out!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment and for viwing my post. I hope you will try the grinding attachment. It is a real help. I am so glad I have it. Blessings, Jo-Ann

  15. I have Two screens for grinding. do I use the smaller holes or the larger holes? Thanks.

    1. I use the smaller one but you could use either one. Your meat is just ground smaller. Glad to hear you are trying it. It works well for me. Blessings to you in the New Year, Jo-Ann

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