After braising a delicious cut of meat for hours, trying to shred all of it with forks can be a real chore. Luckily, it can be done in way less than half the time it usually takes by simply using a stand mixer to get yummy strips of chicken, beef, or pork ready to use in your favorite recipe.
Your trusty stand mixer (Buy on Amazon, $599.99) is the hero of cookie recipes and homemade bread baking. But it’s great for this shredding trick because the paddle attachment does all the work of breaking up meat as it moves around the bowl. If you own a handheld mixer (Buy on Amazon,$32.99), it works too with two standard beater attachments.
You might be shocked that it only takes one minute for the meat to form individual shreds with this mixer method! Typically, forking through a cut of meat like pork shoulder takes at least a couple minutes, depending on how big and tender it is once cooked. Not to mention it can be a little messy, especially if you’re doing it on a cutting board where meat juices might drip onto your counter.
So to avoid the fuss and the mess, try out this hack for the same mouthwatering shreds of meat that you can enjoy in any savory dish.
How to Shred Meat Using a Mixer
The experts at Chowhound suggest shredding the meat in batches to make sure that the bowl doesn’t get too crowded and that all of the pieces are even. You can also use this hack while the meat is still hot or let it come to room temperature before shredding it.
If you’ve made a large pork shoulder or piece of beef, try cutting it into three or four smaller pieces first so that it’s easier to fit into the mixer. You can leave chicken breasts whole before shredding them.
Add one or two pieces of cooked meat into the bowl and use your paddle attachment for a stand mixer or beater attachments for a handheld model. Then start the mixer on its lowest setting, allowing the meat to come apart into individual shreds (this should take around a minute). Make sure you keep an eye on the meat as it’s easy to over-shred it, which will then cause it form a large clump.
Place the meat into a separate dish then repeat this step with the rest of your pieces. Get more of Chowhound’s tips for hands-free meat shredding in the video below:
Once all of the meat is shredded, you can let your taste buds take over and get creative with how you serve it! Pulled chicken mixed with mango chutney, chili sauce, and spices makes for a great lunch or dinnertime sandwich. Shreds of pork are a yummy option to fill enchiladas smothered with sauce and topped with cheese. Use shredded beef with some BBQ sauce to enjoy on its own or between slices of bread.
The meal options are endless, but if you find yourself with leftover shredded meat then place it in an airtight container and store for up to three days in the fridge and three months in the freezer (thaw it in the fridge overnight before reheating it).
You can say goodbye to the days of standing over a cutting board or a hot baking dish trying to pull apart braised cuts of meat. This hack gets the job done in a fraction of the time so that you can get your meal on the table much quicker!
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