I really like cooking but hate tedium, therefore i have a tendency to gravitate towards dishes that dont have lots of repetitive motions. That is why Ive only made meatballs twiceI think it is boring. The mixing is okay, the frying is okay, however the portioning? Tedious.
Fortunately for me personally (and all of those other tedium-adverse), Lifehackers senior health editor, Beth Skwarecki, found a meatball portioning hack on Reddit that’s quick, easy, anddare I sayelegant.
All my years in kitchens and my partner blows me away with this particular meatball trick. Squishes the meat right into a baking tray, cuts like brownies. Portioned meat balls in seconds!
Id never thought Id describe squishing meat right into a baking tray as elegant, but that is quite elegant. It could not be as accurate as weighing each little ball, but if you don’t work in an effective kitchen in a fancy restaurant, that will not matter. Just pat the meat out so its evenmeasure the depth in a number of spots with a toothpick in the event that you mustthen slice the meat slab into squares, and roll those squares into balls. You may get a tape measure involved if you need to be extra precise, but Im likely to eyeball it because avoiding tedium may be the entire point here.
Another benefit to the method? You can view how many meatballs youre likely to end up getting before you begin rolling. As a large fan of planning (and counting), I appreciate knowing the results of an activity before I complete it, which means this is really a big deal for me personally.
Does it increase meatball production in my own household? Yes. I believe it’ll. If nothing else, the novelty of squishing meat right into a baking pan and cutting it like brownies are certain to get me to use it at least one time, and something batch of homemade meatballs is preferable to no batches.