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    Hey guys, I just found out my in-laws have a hand crank meat grinder. Me being currently unemployed, I thought it would be a good idea to make some of my own ground beef. What cut of meat should I be shopping for this next trip to the grocery store? I don't know if its obvious or not, but I would like something real lean. I also have a Costco membership if that helps you decide what cut of meat I should go for.
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  • #2
    Almost any cut of steak that isn't a rib eye or t-bone will be leaner and tastier than most ground beef.

    Bottom round, top round, skillet, flank....whatever. Seems like it is all more expensive than ground though, so not sure where you will save

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    • #3
      yeah I'm really not sure you'll save, especially if you're shooting for a real lean cut of beef. Tom Thumb usually has 10lb sales of 93/7 beef, which is decently lean, and they frequently have sales on bison, which is usually about $10 for 2lbs, fucking expensive. If you can find a decent price on steak cuts, flank is usually decently cheap. I don't know if costco has weekly meta deals, but you may be able to come out ahead if they do, and just rotate cuts week to week with whatever is on sale.
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      • #4
        If you have a BJ's store around your area you can get some quality, lean cuts on the cheap. I buy hand trimmed eye rounds for $3.99/lb and other cuts like top sirloins and flank for for between $2.69 - $3.69. You may want to check with a local butcher to see if they can cut you a deal. Most small businesses are a lot more accommodating and willing to help out to build up their goodwill within the community.
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        • #5
          Yeah, went to the store and the best deal I could find was Pork Sirloin for 2.99 a pound. Don't really think the venture is going to be worth it. Guess i'll just have to suck it up like everyone else and eat chicken breast 1001 different ways until I puke at the sight of a chicken breast lol.
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          • #6
            If you have a freezer, wait for lean GB to go on sale for 1.99/lb and stock up. Happens in Ontario quite a bit.

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            • #7
              i grind all my own meat, a trimmed top round roast is about the same fat content as 93-95% lean ground beef.

              You can find the roast for 1.99/lb all the time. Just watch the circulars.

              It cuts the price basically in half grinding your own.


              Also grind in some chicken breast with it, it cuts the fat down if you need it leaner and you can t even tell its in there.


              I also grind straigh chick breast with chopped onion, pepper, mushrooms.... make pattys grill them and drizzle alitte wiskashire(sp) and soy sauce on top. Pretty tasty and very lean

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              • #8
                Originally posted by steve302 View Post
                i grind all my own meat, a trimmed top round roast is about the same fat content as 93-95% lean ground beef.

                You can find the roast for 1.99/lb all the time. Just watch the circulars.

                It cuts the price basically in half grinding your own.


                Also grind in some chicken breast with it, it cuts the fat down if you need it leaner and you can t even tell its in there.


                I also grind straigh chick breast with chopped onion, pepper, mushrooms.... make pattys grill them and drizzle alitte wiskashire(sp) and soy sauce on top. Pretty tasty and very lean
                Awesome info right there sir! thanks for that.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by c-dawg View Post
                  Yeah, went to the store and the best deal I could find was Pork Sirloin for 2.99 a pound. Don't really think the venture is going to be worth it. Guess i'll just have to suck it up like everyone else and eat chicken breast 1001 different ways until I puke at the sight of a chicken breast lol.
                  Took me about 6 months of eating chicken all of the time before I officially started to hate it. I've been on a hiatus from chicken now for about 2 months or so....variety is king....so is the ability to be able to cook.

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