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Old 07-17-2011, 07:09 PM
 
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I have some miscellaneous questions about meat products.

1) I usually purchase national name brands of chicken breasts and ground turkey like Foster Farms, Jennie-o, Butterball, etc. How much better quality/tastier are these brands vs the equivalent major national grocery store brand of chicken or turkey?

2) Is store bought ground beef whether it be 80, 85, 90, or 93% lean not as good for making hamburgers vs ground chuck or ground sirloin?

3) I've noticed that beef patties are more expensive than family packs of ground beef, chuck etc. Is it easy to form patties from a block of ground beef?

Thanks for helping out a cooking newbie.
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Old 07-17-2011, 08:46 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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I have some miscellaneous questions about meat products.

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1) I usually purchase national name brands of chicken breasts and ground turkey like Foster Farms, Jennie-o, Butterball, etc. How much better quality/tastier are these brands vs the equivalent major national grocery store brand of chicken or turkey?
You don't know til you try them some unknowns may taste better than big brands. Generally best selling big brands are so because they're perceived as better.
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2) Is store bought ground beef whether it be 80, 85, 90, or 93% lean not as good for making hamburgers vs ground chuck or ground sirloin?
Not a lot of difference in taste ..more fat usually a bit tastier though. To me ground beef is ground beef. I'd avoid the tube packs form big slaughter houses. Get what your local butcher processed.
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3) I've noticed that beef patties are more expensive than family packs of ground beef, chuck etc. Is it easy to form patties from a block of ground beef?
Certainly you will usually pay more for preformed patties. Yes patties are easily formed by hand!
Thanks for helping out a cooking newbie.
You're welcome!
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I have some miscellaneous questions about meat products.

1) I usually purchase national name brands of chicken breasts and ground turkey like Foster Farms, Jennie-o, Butterball, etc. How much better quality/tastier are these brands vs the equivalent major national grocery store brand of chicken or turkey?

2) Is store bought ground beef whether it be 80, 85, 90, or 93% lean not as good for making hamburgers vs ground chuck or ground sirloin?

3) I've noticed that beef patties are more expensive than family packs of ground beef, chuck etc. Is it easy to form patties from a block of ground beef?

Thanks for helping out a cooking newbie.
I am a strong advocate of "store brands" but when it comes to meat, I like to go with what I can be sure of, so, I usually use top brands.

For making burgers, I like a little more fat, they do stay together better and are more moist.

I am not sure what your third question is: if you are talking already formed burgers, yes, they are more expensive but work well if you are having a huge gang over for dinner. If you are just serving your family do cheap. So the burgers are not all perfectly formed or uniform in size, it doesn't make any difference, plus you can make them uniform by using a measuring cup to assure equal sized burgers. I also sometime mix 1/2 ground turkey with 1/2 ground beef.
Nita
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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After reading about food glue and stuff like that, I wont buy pre-made frozen burgers ever again.
I'll save that for the occasion I have a Mac attack.
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:53 PM
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I saw like 90%,80%, etc. lean ground beef at the grocery store. Which ones are the best for taco meat? Which brands are best in your opinion? Which organic ones do you buy? I was gonna eat it with some fresh tortillas at HEB grocery. Thanks.
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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I saw like 90%,80%, etc. lean ground beef at the grocery store. Which ones are the best for taco meat? Which brands are best in your opinion? Which organic ones do you buy? I was gonna eat it with some fresh tortillas at HEB grocery. Thanks.
I use the cheapest for taco, casserole meat, if not using turkey....skim off the fat, but I normally don't even have a major problem with 80/20 for that....
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