Mince is a family favourite because it's versatile, affordable, goes a long way and is tasty too Mince is available in a range of meats and grades.
Beef mince comes in three grades.
- Premium - is less than 5% total fat and meets the Heart Foundation Tick criterion of 4% less saturated fat.
- Prime - is less than 10% fat.
- Standard - has a fat content of 10-20%.
Trim lamb mince has less than 10% total fat.
100% New Zealand Trim Pork Mince is less than 10% total fat and meets the Heart Foundation Tick criterion of 4% or less saturated fat.
Hints with Mince
- Choose Premium Mince as it contains only 4% or less saturated fat, making it a healthier choice for you and your family.
- If you aren't using Premium Mince, then drain off the excess liquid after browning and before adding vegetables and sauces. This reduces the fat content.
- A rule of thumb for meat serving sizes is 125-150g raw meat for adults and 100g for a child. A 500g pack of mince is plenty for a family of four.
- Use a non-stick pan and add little or no oil when cooking mince.
- Extend the amount of mince used in your favourite mince recipes by adding lentils, red kidney beans, baked beans or chilli beans. For 500g of mince, use 1/2 a cup or more of lentils or beans.
- Rolled oats and wholemeal breadcrumbs add fibre and bulk to meat patties, meat balls or meatloaf.
- Grated, diced or sliced vegetables add extra colour, flavour and vital nutrients to any mince dish.
Click here to see the Heatlhy Mince chart for makeover tips on your family's favourite recipes.
For Healthy Mince recipes go to our recipes under Health and Nutrition and under Special Consideration select "Healthy Option" or click on recipes.