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An Easy Way to Shred Meat

Simple Tip: Use a Standing Mixer to Shred Meat

I knew little about the process of making duck confit and rillette — that is, until I watched chef Matt Bolton make the two at this year's Chefs' Holidays. It was a revelation to realize how something as simple as preserving meat in its own fat could produce such tender results.

Another groundbreaking concept? The idea that the paddle attachment of a standing mixer can be a boon for things savory as much as sweet. To shred the confited duck for his rillette, the chef didn't bother with a fork, knife, or cutting board; he simply dumped the meat in his mixer (with the paddle attachment), turned it on, and within moments had perfectly shredded duck meat.

Have you ever used a mixer to shred meat?

Source: Flickr User FotoosVanRobin

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Spectra Spectra 6 years
Next time I make pulled pork, I will try putting the meat in my mixer to speed up the shredding process. Cool tip, thanks!
Food Food 6 years
lekatvt, I'm not sure a blender would work (the blades would only shred what's at the bottom, I suspect), but perhaps a food processor would do the trick. There's only one way to find out!
lekatvt lekatvt 6 years
I love to make pulled pork in my pressure cooker, but I hate the "shredding" part with two forks, I end up covered in pork. I don't have a standing mixer but do you think a blender would do the same effect?
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