Ground Round

Ground round is a high-quality and lean ground beef option that comes from the round primal cut of a cow, specifically the hindquarters. This cut is known for its fine texture, low-fat content, and a rich, distinct beefy flavor. With around 85-90% lean meat and 10-15% fat content, ground round is an ideal choice for those looking for a healthier alternative to regular ground beef without sacrificing taste. A popular ingredient in various recipes such as burgers, casseroles, and meat sauces, ground round provides a tender and delicious base when cooked correctly. Its versatility makes it suitable for a wide array of home-cooked, savory dishes, balancing flavor and nutrition. For best results, avoid overcooking to maintain its tenderness and moisture.
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Ground Round FAQ
Common mistakes when cooking with ground round include overcooking it which results in a dry and tough texture. To get the most from ground round, it is important to use high-heat for a shorter period of time for the meat to retain its moisture and tenderness. Likewise, when making dishes like hamburgers or meatballs, handling the meat too much or packing it too tightly can make it dense and heavy. To get a juicy, tender burger or meatball, mix and shape the ground round gently and loosely. Another noteworthy tip is to season ground round generously. It tends to have a milder flavor compared to other cuts of beef, and proper seasoning can bring out its natural flavors and enhance the taste of your dishes. Ground round can also be used as a healthier substitute to high-fat ground beef in various dishes without losing on flavors. By adding vegetables or grains to ground round dishes, you can further enhance its nutritional profile, texture and taste. Remember that ground round, like any meat, should always be cooked to a safe internal temperature, which is 160°F (71°C) for ground meats according to the USDA.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does ground round expire?
Unopened ground round typically lasts for 1-2 days in the fridge past the sell by date. Once opened, it should be used within 1 day. If you've frozen your ground round, it can last up to 4 months in the freezer, but please note that while these time frames ensure safety, the flavor and texture of the meat may start to degrade after 2 months.
How do you tell if ground round is bad?
If your ground round has gone bad, you will likely see or smell signs. The meat will darken from bright red to a brown or gray color. There will be a sticky or tacky texture on the surface. And most importantly, a strong, off-putting, sour smell indicates spoiled ground round. Always remember, if in doubt, don't risk it - when it comes to meat, your safety is paramount.
Tips for storing ground round to extend shelf life
• Always store ground round at or below 40°F (4°C) in the refrigerator, ideally in the chilliest section, often the meat drawer. • If you're not planning to use it within 2 days of buying, consider freezing it to extend its shelf life. • It's best to store ground round in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags for freezing. You can also wrap it in foil or plastic wrap for additional protection. • To defrost, transfer the ground round to the refrigerator and let it thaw slowly. Never defrost meat at room temperature as it can encourage bacterial growth.
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