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    Chopped brisket

    I have a piece of flat that I want to chop and freeze to put in chili when the weather gets colder. How do you all chop brisket? Do I dare pulse it carefully in the food processor, or will that be too much?

    #2
    I'd probably freeze it whole and chop it after it thawed out, less surface area exposed that way.

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      #3
      I tend to chop meats with a cleaver...usin my Ninja, I'm not entirely convinced I could stop it at th degree of chopped I wanted to achieve, but ain't sayin it cain't be done.

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      • surfdog
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        Yep. I love my food processors. (Well, perhaps except for the tiny one that I find mostly useless...but I digress.)

        Even with the various blades, I’m not convinced that I could get a good “chop” and would be afraid of getting something more akin to a brisket smoothie. bleh

        Vac-pack if you can and then chopped when thawed...or mostly thawed.

      • Mr. Bones
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        surfdog
        Smoothie is, indeed, right where I suspect I'd be, if I tried it in my Ninja.

        Not what ah'ma wantin, finished results, nossir...

      #4
      I agree with Murdy - freeze it whole if you can. IF not, just cube it with a knife etc, freeze it. If you want more of a pulled texture, I suppose you could use two forks etc.

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        #5
        I've pulled pork with a stand mixer.....
        Never used a food processor on brisket.

        I'd freeze it whole. Less surface area to dry out.

        A cleaver is probably the most fun to chop with......but I just use my chef knife

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          #6
          wife just freezes it and then chops

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            #7
            Yup, cleaver or a weally big knife.

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              #8
              I had read about people pulling pork in a stand mixer, and I know I saw Alton Brown use a food processor on pulse to create his favorite blend of beef to make hamburgers, so I wanted to make sure I wasn't wandering into dangerous territory.

              So thank you all very much! Freeze now, chop later -- got it. Looking forward to improved chili this winter!
              Last edited by Ann-Marie in the backyard; October 12, 2020, 04:40 PM. Reason: edited for clarity

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              • troymeister
                troymeister commented
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                I try to use machines as little as possible. Notwithstanding they have their purpose. To me Chopping by hand always gives a better measure of control. Even on a big batch a cleaver can do a lot of work.Yet sometimes a blender or food processor is the better tool for the job. Oh my ..Dilemmas suck don'y they..lol

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