mutton mince

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Also known as

keema, kheema, qeema, ground meat.


Minced mutton contains lean meat and trimmings from the leg, loin, rib, shoulder, flank, neck, breast, or shank. It is mechanically minced and sold in bulk or in patty form. The meat is finely chopped and minced or ground by a meat grinder. In South Asia both lamb and goat meat are minced to produce keema, though the process of mincing is manual.Minced mutton is usually prepared by braising, broiling, grilling, panbroiling, panfrying, roasting, or baking. Ground meat have food safety issues not associated with whole cuts of meat. In a whole cut from an animal, the interior of the meat is essentially sterile, even before cooking; any bacterial contamination is on the outer surface of the meat. When meat is ground, bacterial contamination from the surface can be distributed throughout the meat. If ground beef is not well cooked all the way to the center, there is a significant chance that enough pathogenic bacteria will survive to cause illness.

How to select

Fresh minced meat should be pink to pale red with firm, white fat. Select mutton that has marbling (veins or specks of fat that run through the meat); the fat will keep the meat moist during cooking and contribute to the flavor and tenderness. Be sure to always check the expiration date on the package to be sure you are getting the freshest product.

Culinary Uses

" The typical Asian minced meat recipe is keema matar i.e. minced mutton cooked with peas in an onion-ginger garlic based gravy.
" Peppery hot mutton mince cooked with coconut and onions.
" Minced mutton kebabs like shammi kebab( minced meat patties with lentils), seekh kebab, hyderabadi shikampur kebab are quite popular.
" Mutton Kola urundai or Minced mutton meat balls with spices which is deep fried in oil are served as appetizier for parties
" Spicy minced meat curry, Shepherd's pie, sphagetti Bolognese with meat balls, meat casseroles and stews are few other recipes involving minced mutton.

How to store

Fresh mutton minced must be stored properly to preserve its quality. Store fresh mutton in the coldest part of the refrigerator or in the compartment designed for storing meat. Leave the meat in its original package. Fresh meat usually keeps best if loosely wrapped. If stored properly, most fresh mutton minced can be kept in the refrigerator for three to five days.

Health benefits

" Mutton minced is a good source of minerals such as zinc, selenium, phosphorus, iron, and B vitamins.
" It is recommended that consumers eat red meat , especially organ meats like lamb loin sparingly as it has high levels of undesirable saturated fat

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