Monday, 9 January 2012

Mummy Method- making the most of cheap mince

Step 1: Pour a tablespoon of oil into a large, deep pot. Turn heat up to mark 4 on an electric hob (lower on gas). Wait until oil is sizzling, add mince and stir around pot until all mince is thouroughly browned.

Step 2: Boil the kettle with enough water to cover your mince. Place lid on pot and turn head down to 3 on electric hob (lower on gas). Leave like this for 30 minutes. This tenderises the meat, so that even if it's really really cheap mince it can still taste wonderful!

Step 3: Slowly add gravy granuals while stirring. This will be able to fuse with the meat's juices in the water to give a more savoury taste. It is important to stir quickly and thoughrally to prevent gravy clotting (eww). Raise the temperature slightly, while still stirring. Keep doing so until the starch has cooked off (until there's no creamy white stuff floating on the top).

Step 4: Place lid on the pot and leave for the mince to cook in the gravy for 2 hours and upwards. Stir every 20 minutes or so to prevent the mince sticking to the bottom of the pot and burning. 

If you are cooking for a little one make sure to add no extra salt. What you can do to add flavour during the cooking process is to add a tablespoon of butter, which will also thicken the gravy, and add a splash of orange juice or tropical fruit juice to soften the meaty taste.

Step 5: Continue cooking until the gravy is as thick as you  want it. Be sure to taste the mince to make sure it's nice and soft.

(an example of my mince from a pre-mummy meal ^~^;)

Voila! Yummy mince! Obviously if you're cooking for your little one try to get high grade meat (check meat percentage labels on food) and do not get rid of any fat. Toddlers need the extra fat as they're burning off so much and going through massive developments.

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