Mince is probably one of the most versatile and cost-effective meats known to man. From the traditional spaghetti bolognaise and cottage pie right through to gourmet burgers and Moroccan lamb meatballs with chickpeas, it’s all possible with mince; and N1 stock a wide variety of high-quality, Halaal certified meat including steak, extra lean mince, topside, chicken, ostrich, mutton and lamb mince.
So, what should you look for when selecting the ideal mince? Well that depends on the dish and the nutritional content you’re aiming for – lean mince is better for your pies and sauce-based dishes, while a fattier mince helps burger patties retain their shape and achieve the right texture. Mince is often graded by its fat content, as a guideline 10% or less is considered low in fat while mince with less than 4% is considered very lean, which is more likely to carry the Heart Foundation approval. If you’re looking for the healthiest option, then ostrich mince ticks all the boxes – it’s practically fat-free and is lower in calories and cholesterol than other red meat minces. Even if you replace half the mince needed with ostrich mince, it significantly reduces the fat content of a dish.
If fresh, the best way to store mince is in the coldest part of the fridge, usually the bottom shelf, and to cook it on the day of purchase. Alternatively, if you’re going to freeze it, make sure it’s in a proper freezer bag and lay it out flat, rather than the round shape it comes in, as this will allow it to freeze and later thaw evenly. It can remain safely frozen for up to two months. When it comes to cooking mince, small batches are the way to go. If you try to cook large quantities it reduces the temperature of the pan and the meat will not brown, leaving you with an unattractive grey stew. Frying small quantities in a very small amount of oil will allow the meat to brown nicely and you shouldn’t make the mistake of over-stirring it either, let it brown first and then break it up.
From Thai minced chicken salad to minced beef Wellington, the possibilities are endless, so enjoy the magic of mince and if you’re looking for any further inspiration, head on over to BBC Good Food, there they have 256 recipes to choose from. So, for the best in Halaal meat South Africa and a wide range of mince meats, contact N1 today.