of canned butter & hamburger
Rocks" are small chunks of cooked,
dehydrated, fresh beef. They will store
effectively for two or more years. Once
rehydrated by soaking one cup of rocks in two
cups of boiled water, the pre-cooked meat can
be used in any recipe. It is delicious for
tacos, spaghetti sauce, hamburger helper,
tamale pie, lasagna, or your favorite recipe.
It is very difficult to distinguish from
fresh hamburger in a meal!
ground hamburger turns into small "rocks,"
some "gravel," and a little "sand" when
dried. We grind rump roast and pot roast in a
#2 Universal meat chopper using the 3-bladed
cutter (on right in illustration below), and
now we get almost all "rocks," very little
gravel, and virtually no "sand." And the
yield is higher too, as there is not as much
fat to melt away. Still, be prepared to cry
when you make the first batch, as 6 pounds of
perfectly good roast will dehydrate into only
one (1) quart of hamburger rocks!
RECIPE FOR HAMBURGER
1. Using a large skillet
(cast iron is great), brown and fry 5 pounds
of ground beef. When thoroughly cooked,
transfer the meat to a colander. Rinse under
hot running water to remove the fat. Then
clean the skillet with paper towels to remove
excess fat from the first cooking.
2. Place the washed meat back
into the wiped skillet and fry it again over
medium/low heat, stirring often until you see
no more steam. Keep the heat/flame low once
the rocks are browning up nicely.
3. Place the "twice cooked"
rocks into an oven roasting pan. Turn the
oven to 200 degrees F, stirring and turning
occasionally as the meat continues to dry.
One to two hours should finish the job.
Remove from the oven and check for dryness.
When cool, pack into zip lock bags or mason
jars. Pack tightly, expelling as much air as
possible. Store in pantry drawers or
4. To "can" the hamburger
rocks for long term storage, preheat canning
jars in the over at 250 F, simmer the lids as
usual, put the "rocks" into the jars while
still hot, then seal the jars. After 15
minutes or so the jars will cool and you will
hear the jar lids "pop" as they seal in
Don't forget to buy and use mouse traps in
your larder. Mice will make mince meat out of
packaged foods before the uninvited house
pests are even noticed by the family cat!
Glass jars are the safest method of
mouse-proof storage. Storing zip lock bags in
heavy food grade 5 gallon buckets is the next
grinders are very useful. There are many
varieties available, and one of the best is
sold by www.NorthernTool.com
, their item #168631, priced at $49.95. This
particular meat grinder has a v-belt pulley
wheel, so it can be powered from an electric
motor or even an exercise bicycle.
A hand powered grinder is $10.00
less (item #168630), but does not have the
thrust bearings as on the pulley wheel model,
and is therefore not as good a choice for