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How do you stop minced beef from going wormy?

(14 Posts)
BagofHolly Thu 20-Oct-11 18:49:59

Just that really! My mince stays in stringy worms. How can I prevent this?

Cheers in advance!

gastrognome Thu 20-Oct-11 18:57:42

Squidge it up with your fingers or a wooden spoon before you cook it. (i hate the wormy effect too)

storminabuttercup Thu 20-Oct-11 18:58:12

Mine used to do that or stay in lumps, now I don't brown it as much and simmer in the sauce longer!

mummyplonk Thu 20-Oct-11 18:59:34

I quickly fry it then bung it with sauce in slow cooker for about 8 hours in the morning...it is then melt in the mouth by tea time.

wigglybeezer Thu 20-Oct-11 19:08:06

Preferably buy it from the butcher not the supermarket, if not use a potato masher to breaker it up into smaller bits as you brown it.

Ponders Thu 20-Oct-11 19:12:11

freeflow frozen mince cooks down nicely

exoticfruits Thu 20-Oct-11 19:15:39

You get good quality mince from the butcher.

Flisspaps Thu 20-Oct-11 19:16:14

Oh, that's how we like to eat it! Can't stand it being all little and bitty and mushy!

notlettingthefearshow Thu 20-Oct-11 21:52:18

Maybe you're not cooking it long enough? 1-2 hours is normal to make it nice and tender. Keep bashing it with a spoon to break it down as you're browning it.

BecauseImAWerewolefIt Thu 20-Oct-11 21:54:31

Cook it for longer - a pressure cooker is a great way to cook it, otherwise, in a slow cooker or in the oven for a couple of hours

LowLevelStabbing Fri 21-Oct-11 10:01:47

yes, brown it properly first then cook it for at least 1 and a half hours.

The slow cooker method does make it 'melt in the mouth' but I hate that! it completely disintegrates <shudder>

ShirleyKnot Fri 21-Oct-11 10:02:55

I cut mine up with scissors. <weirdo>

valiumredhead Fri 21-Oct-11 16:04:14

I give it a quick blitz with a stick blender.

Good stuff from the butcher's is not wormy at all ime.

BagofHolly Fri 21-Oct-11 22:05:08

Thankyou! I can see a few areas where I've been going wrong! I had no idea it needs cooking for so long! I'll try harder!

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