Home ground pork is essential to juicy & tasty pork buns, dumplings, wontons, meatballs, and more. Finding quality ground pork at grocery stores is not as easy as finding, say, ground beef. However, if you have a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer with a meat grinder attachment as I do or a standalone meat grinder, it is super easy to make your perfect ground pork at home.
What makes Ground Pork Tastier?
Tip No.1 is to choose the right Cuts of the Pork for a juicy and tasty Home Ground Pork
Belly or bacon is the fatty part, which ultimately gives juiciness. I typically use about 40% pork belly and couple that with 60% of pork shoulder or butt for an optimal balance of health and taste.
Tip No.2 is to chop pork into small pieces, but not overly processed
I used to use a food processor to process pork and learned the hard way that if I break down the pork meat too much; it becomes dry and tasteless. I then recall the old-fashioned way of making ground pork in my hometown Suzhou area, is to chop the pork on a cutting board. People would spend hours cutting & chopping the pork meat into ground pork using a cleaver. The key is to cut the pork into small bits, but leave enough structures to still being pork.
A meat grinder is a productive tool that I resort to for the sake of productivity.
How to do meal prep for all your pork needs at home?
Every quarter or so, we buy a large package of pork butt and belly and then prep into various uses.
So many delicious iconic dishes featuring pork belly. Red Braised Pork Belly, Lu Rou Fan, Twice Cooked Pork, just to name a few. I also use about 40% pork belly in the home ground pork for the ultimate juiciness.
Pork Butt or Shoulder
Pork Butt or Shoulder is perfect for dishes like one pot dish Braised Pork Chunks with Potato and Carrot. I also cut them into long strips to make Char Siu. For home ground pork, I use about 60% of pork butt or shoulder besides 40% of pork belly.
How to make perfect Home Ground Pork?
Tip #1 is to prepare about 60% pork butt and 40% pork belly meat
Tip #2 is to cut the meat into long strips that are size-friendly to your meat grinder
Meat Grinder usually has a long chamber for the meat to travel through while grinding. It is best if you can cut the meat into long strips for easy feeding and better looking ground meat. Feed the pork strip vertically into the meat grinder.
Tip #3 is to remember to rotate between pork butt and pork belly meat during the grinding
This way, the final ground pork has a proper ratio of pork butt vs. pork belly meat.
Store home ground pork into a quart size ziplock bag and use in the next three months. They are freezer friendly.
Whenever you are ready to make yummy dishes featuring pork filling, just take out a bag 1 day prior and let it thaw in a container in the refrigerator.