How to Mince Meat Using a Cleaver – a quick and effective way to mince a small amount of meat. Only cutting board and cleaver to wash. No fuss and mess.
Back in the old days people had fewer kitchen appliances. Most food preparation work was done using a knife and a cutting board. It was done quickly and efficiently with minimum fuss. Clean up was equally fast because there was only the knife and cutting board to wash.
Today, we have a ton of kitchen gadgets and appliances to help in all kinds of prep work. While these gadgets and appliances may do the job quickly, the clean up can be tedious. Appliances are made up of several parts and all have to be washed and dried individually. This can become a hindrance or a chore especially when only a small amount of food needs to be prepped.
I like to prepare my own ground or minced meat but often I only need a small amount which does not warrant pulling out the meat grinder or food processor. This is when I fall back on the old method of simply chopping up the meat on the cutting board with a cleaver. It can be done in 10 to 15 minutes and the cleanup is a breeze.
It is best to use a cleaver if you have one. Otherwise, a good heavy gauge Santoku knife with a flat edge will also work. Cut the meat into thin slices. Heap the slices of meat in a single layer and chop systematically from one side to the other. Flip or fold meat over and continue to chop in a perpendicular direction from one side to the other. Repeat until meat is chopped to desired fineness.
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