Sunday, February 28, 2010

Look Out Buffalo (s)!

We are slowly beginning to upgrade the food processing equipment at the farm so that we can expand our repertoire and process meat more quickly. The Buffalo Chopper that Trent picked up last week will allow us to make emulsified sausages like hot dogs and mortadella. We will still use the grinder to process ground meat and specific forms of salumi, but it has already proven to cut production time on fresh sausage foremeats by a factor of 10. For example, with the Buffalo chopper I can turn 10 pounds of meat into a finely "ground" forcemeat in less than 2 minutes whereas using the grinder the same task would take at least 20 minutes.

This thing is a beast that could churn its namesake city of Buffalo into butter and makes it easy to understand why it was an important tool in the hamburgerization of the American buffalo. (Actually, I have no idea why it is called a Buffalo Chopper.)

4 comments:

Jessika said...

And I thought you'd be cooking buffalos ;). Can or do you cook buffalos? I just watched a Bourdain-episode featuring saudi-arabia where they had camel.

Scotty said...

I Think it sounds cool, but I don't think it has any connection with here:-)

Tags said...

I second that emulsion.

Heidi Robb said...

Good Gah, I worked in the prep kitchen of a Chi Chi's as a teen a bajillion years or so ago and made all manner of enchilada/taco/burrito filling in that massive chopper. I had a very healthy fear and of that piece of machinery.