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I've been testing brines (something I didn't know about until I read it here :). So I brined (sugar, salt, and some herbs) a handful of pork loins (chops without bones, more or less) and then put it on a pan at medium heat.

Thing is, after it was done, the pork had a bit of a sour taste which I could not attribute to any seasoning I put in it. The meat was relatively fresh (bought on Saturday and kept in the fridge).

This has happened to me before, so I guess the brining's unrelated. Also, it doesn't always happen; sometimes the loins have that bit of a sour taste, and sometimes they don't.

The taste is similar to having added a bit of lemon shavings to the concoction.

So, what's the possible cause? Meat quality? Something related to the way of cooking them?

The only thing that I can think of being possibly related is that I filled the pan with meat, with no spaces between pieces of loin (I didn't want to cook half first and half second).


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The only thing that comes to mind is meat quality...especially since this has happened when you weren't brining. Even though you used it quickly after getting it, what was the age when you purchased it? Did it feel sticky or have any sort of sour smell when you opened it?

Crowding the meat in the pan would just cause it to steam and not brown, it wouldn't cause it to take on a sour taste.

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Nope, they weren't neither sticky nor sour smelling. I do not know how old they were at buy time though (here we don't have very strict rules on that kind of thing). Great to know I wasn't doing anything particularly wrong, except maybe buying at the wrong place :-) – Vinko Vrsalovic Jul 26 '10 at 21:11

I had to research this myself as we have had a few hogs we butchered that were sour tasting. The information I got was that it needed to be bled very well and then pay attention to the fat on the piece of meat. If it is yellow or brown, it will most likely be sour meat.

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Other than a bad butchering job (failing to bleed), the only thing that I could think of would be the cleaning supplies you use for your pans. Do you ever put your pans through the dishwasher? Many dishwashing detergents have citrus in them, and many leave a film on pans.

I've had entire pots of soup ruined because a ladle that I left in the soup had been put through the dishwasher.

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