Asking the butcher to grind meat
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Last night I wanted to make some hamburgers on my grill, so naturally I looked up whatever recipe Alton Brown has for burgers and went to the store.
Now, I don't have a food processor at home, but obviously the butcher at my grocery store is able to grind meat. So my first idea was to grab the two best looking ~1lb cuts of both sirloin and chuck and ask the butcher to grind them together for me.
Is this not something you're supposed to ask? Immediately the butcher's assistant began to tell me that I would "lose half of my meat" to the grinder. Eventually the butcher on call came out to speak with me and explained that the "grinder head is so big" that I would "lose" half of the meat I was currently holding and that it would end up being more expensive than the pre-ground packaged meat available at the store.
Was he just telling me a line to get me to leave him alone? He didn't really ever explain what he meant by "losing" meat to the grinder. Does part of it just stay in there until next time he uses it? That doesn't seem to make sense. Is there any advantage to having the butcher grind fresh cuts for making hamburger patties?
Bonus question: I can't remember if it was chuck vs. sirloin that was packaged this way, but why does some ground beef come molded into that weird circular volcano looking thing? Pic somewhat related, its cropped pretty close but you can still kindof see that shape.
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I am just going to make an unabashed list of foods I hate, also food fads, diets, and the whole rubbish. Haters gonna hate. Feel free to share your list-
In no particular order:
Vegans, especially those who rub it in your face or tell you that vegans baked good are yummy as if eating butter or eggs would destroy the environment. Its mainly rich white women with guilt complexes and I see at almost as a form of self-harm on par with cutting, or at least a purposeful denial of pleasure, nothing to do with altruism.
I hate bacon. Fucking hate it. Its cheap and greasy and overrated, so don't just think I hate veggies.
Chain restaurants- abolish them all. Make them provide health care and living wages and see how many are left.
Mayonnaise that isn't homemade- disgusting. Terrible texture. Like sour cream minus the taste. Not that hard people if you are cooks to make you own. Double hate for calling everything "aioli" which to me should be an emulsion of garlic, oil, and salt, and nothing else. We know aioli is just marketing and a way of getting around the negative image of mayonnaise as low end.
People who drink coffee- its bitter and gross. If you like caffeine have a caffeine pill.
People who willingly eat unripened fruit like green peppers when ripened ones are available.
That's a good start for now. Anyone else?
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how do I make my sauces thick, /ck/?
I'm a cooking newbie and I would like to make one of those thick, creamy mushroom sauces you get at italian restaurants. But whenever I make one, I get thin, tasty water. It doesn't even get as thick as in my pic. What do I do wrong?
> I fry the onions and the garlic
> I add the mushrooms and the meat in, fry them a little
> Then I take vegetable fondant, pour it in
> Take cream, pour and stir
and then it's done. If I let it cook, it would reduce the sauce and maybe make it a little thicker, but then my meat would get rock hard (no pun intended) and my mushrooms would fall apart.
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Here's something about pizza that's always bugged me.
Frozen pies often have all the toppings diced up and spread evenly over the pizza. Pepperoni, diced, green peppers, diced, onions, diced, small bits of sausage, etc.
Fresh pies never do this. But the frozen way guarantees that you get equal toppings in every bite. Isn't the frozen way better?