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Old 06-24-2017, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Check out Zaycon Foods after you get your freezer. I have been buying from them for years. They are legit. Most of what you buy comes in 40lb packages. No grinding required but you will need to repackage before you freeze. You will do better buying from Zaycon than almost anywhere else. Better quality than the regular stores too.

A food processor will turn your meat into 'paste'. Plus they take up a lot of space and they are not easy to clean/take up a lot of room in the dishwasher too. The grinder I have is all metal and manual. It works great but it is a real PITA to get out, set up, and clean. I usually wash it once, then soak in bleach water, and wash again.

I very seldom find any meat that will save me real money to grind it myself. I think the exception would be meat you hunt and process yourself.
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Old 06-24-2017, 02:05 PM
 
Location: la la land
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Does it come in one of those tubes
I would be too but I haven't seen that price level in a real meat shop
or even a grocery story meat dept (neither of which describes a Sams Club or WM)
No it's not In a tube it's in regular meat packaging & it's very good.
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Old 06-24-2017, 10:18 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Does it come in one of those tubes?


I would be too but I haven't seen that price level in a real meat shop
or even a grocery story meat dept (neither of which describes a Sams Club or WM)

Cheap or Frugal? Is there a difference???
It's a 10 pound tube. They sell it on Styrofoam trays too but they just take the tube and put it through the grinder in the store, then put it on the trays. They've told me at several Sam's locations that it's the same meat.

I'm picky about meat but the ground beef at Sam's meets my standards. I've been using it for 5 or 6 years and never found lumps of fat, or even small bits of gristle. I won't buy any meat at Wal-Mart, or tubes of meat at the grocery store.
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Old 06-24-2017, 11:41 PM
 
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If you really want to save money, skip eating chicken & beef regularly. It doesn't save on food, but also, more importantly, on health care costs down the line.
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Old 06-25-2017, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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If you really want to save money, skip eating chicken & beef regularly. It doesn't save on food, but also, more importantly, on health care costs down the line.
So are you suggesting the OP or others should become vegetarians to stay healthy and save money on medial bills in future years? Sorry, it depends on how much meat one consumes. person can enjoy a long life and still enjoy chicken and even red meat regularly. This isn't saying have 1/2 lb steak twice a week or sit down to a huge serving of fried chicken daily but meat is high in protein and does not have to be high in fat. It also can be a very inexpensive way to get you supply of protein. But I think we are getting off topic here. The OP asked about saving money by purchasing a meat grinder and/or processor. She didn't ask for advise on how to stay healthy.
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Old 06-25-2017, 01:25 PM
 
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We just welcomed our twins, which in addition to our 3 year old now makes us a family of 5. I have spent the last few months analyzing expenses, cutting where we need to and just basically making us spend our money more efficiently.

One thing I'm looking into doing is getting a deep freezer and a Costco membership. My goal is to buy meat in bulk (mostly chicken and beef) and freezing it various forms and one of those things I'm looking to do is to grind it up for tacos, burgers etc. So, I thought a meat grinder is what I need. Then I started reading recipes online and it seems like you can grind meat in a food processor as well. However, the food processor will also have other uses - I would love to be able to make hummus, dressings, sauces, salsas etc.

So, what to do. Buy the meat grinder and use my hand blender or magic bullet to make sauces. Or forget the meat grinder all together and get a food processor. Or both?

I am posting here because I know there are a lot posts on here about saving money on food and that's really what I am looking to do. TIA.
Just buy the stuff ready-made----you've got enough to do with the kids, let alone trying to grind up meat! BTW----congrats on the twins!
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Old 06-25-2017, 02:00 PM
 
Location: la la land
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We just welcomed our twins, which in addition to our 3 year old now makes us a family of 5. I have spent the last few months analyzing expenses, cutting where we need to and just basically making us spend our money more efficiently.

One thing I'm looking into doing is getting a deep freezer and a Costco membership. My goal is to buy meat in bulk (mostly chicken and beef) and freezing it various forms and one of those things I'm looking to do is to grind it up for tacos, burgers etc. So, I thought a meat grinder is what I need. Then I started reading recipes online and it seems like you can grind meat in a food processor as well. However, the food processor will also have other uses - I would love to be able to make hummus, dressings, sauces, salsas etc.

So, what to do. Buy the meat grinder and use my hand blender or magic bullet to make sauces. Or forget the meat grinder all together and get a food processor. Or both?

I am posting here because I know there are a lot posts on here about saving money on food and that's really what I am looking to do. TIA.
Meat is not really cheap at Costco, so make sure you compare prices at local grocery stores before you stock up on Costco meat. What makes a difference in saving money is learning how to use cheaper cuts of meat, like braised beef rather than serving expensive steaks, and buying pork roasts and cutting it into pork chops. A slow cooker or a good heavy pot with a lid that you can use in the oven will save you time and money, there's so many dishes you can make with very little effort, soup, chili beans, etc.

Most of the sauces I make are made on the stove, I can't think of any sauce except maybe Hollandaise that I would use a blender for.

When my boys were young, I worked full time so when I cooked things like stew or lasagna I would cook twice what we would eat and freeze half for another meal. You can give yourself quite a few evenings where all you have to do is defrost and heat your dinner rather than cooking from scratch every night.
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Old 06-25-2017, 02:03 PM
 
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If you want to reduce food costs simply reduce the amount of meat you eat. We have substantially reduced our intake and now only sporadically eat chicken and turkey. Maybe a pound a week if that. No more red meat at all. Lots of protein sources aside from meat which are also economical. And much healthier. I eat roughly 70g of protein a day, only 6g comes from a thin slice of turkey I have at breakfast, which could be cut out if I desired.
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Old 06-25-2017, 08:01 PM
 
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My food processor mostly gets used to grate cheese. I don't like the bags of pre-grated cheese; there is something off about the texture. So, I buy the 5 pound block of cheese, grate it with the food processor, and freeze it. I don't think there is any money savings but my family likes the texture and flavor of the block cheese better.
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I have never thought of grating cheese in bulk, I too, do not like the pre grated cheese. It has absolutely no flavor. I usually just grate enough for whatever I am making at the time.
That's because they use wood pulp (cellulose) in grated cheese to keep it separated and won't clump up. BLECH!
Would You Like Some Wood Pulp In Your Shredded Cheese? | Food Renegade

Since I found that out I have never purchased any grated/shredded cheese again! I knew it always tasted bland or off-tasting as well and could not figure out why. Well, now I know! I buy block cheese also now and grate my own as I need it which is MUCH better and actually tastes like CHEESE.
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Old 06-25-2017, 08:06 PM
 
Location: la la land
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That's because they use wood pulp (cellulose) in grated cheese to keep it separated and won't clump up. BLECH!
Would You Like Some Wood Pulp In Your Shredded Cheese? | Food Renegade

Since I found that out I have never purchased any grated/shredded cheese again! I knew it always tasted bland or off-tasting as well and could not figure out why. Well, now I know! I buy block cheese also now and shred my own as I need it which is MUCH better and actually tastes like CHEESE.
I'm pretty sure that is only dry grated cheese that doesn't require refrigeration, not the cheese that is refrigerated
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