Questions about the flesh of an animal (especially mammal) used as food.

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How do I properly breadcrumb meat?

I have always breadcrumbed meat in a certain way (cordon bleus, schnitzels). But the crumbs on the food are nowhere near a standard that I would make this for guests. The crumbs always come off, ...
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How to use meat thermometers with big needles for thinner meat pieces?

Naturally steaks will be thinner than 4 inches like thermometer needle, at least the one I have. So it will absorb less heat in total, and maybe show lesser values than what is actually inside the ...
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Why does the beef I cook never come out tender? [duplicate]

I have tried cooking beef (mostly London broil type) so many times... And it never comes out tender! I've tried different methods... Temperatures... Everything! It always comes out tough and chewy. I ...
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How many meats can make a meatball?

So I want make a Swedish meatball style meatloaf. When I make Swedish meatballs I usually use veal and ground pork, but I've always wanted to throw in some ground lamb and buffalo. So the specific ...
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Why should I roll the meat in flour for a ragout

Most recipes for ragout call for rolling the meat in flour before adding, including one recipe whre you don't sear the meat but add it with the vegetables and everything else once the onions are done. ...
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How do restaurants store meat/steaks?

I am opening a restaurant in a third world country. Do any of you have any advice on commercial storage units (freezers,drawers) concerning meat/steaks? Should they be cut into pieces or left as a ...
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Butchery and guts, could it be dangerous?

I've been living in uk for one year now, i'm italian and i miss some of the street food of my homeland. I would like to prepare the stuff showed in this picture, however i've been discouraged to do ...
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How to bake ground beef

I have 3.5 pounds of 93% lean ground beef. I want to easily cook it like this: Put tinfoil on a pan. Put all of the ground beef on it. Put it in the oven preheated to 450F for 30 minutes. Is this ...
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Does meat marinate while it is in the freezer?

Put a skirt steak in a plastic bag with a marinade and then promptly put it in the freezer. It has been in the freezer for a couple of days now. I want to thaw it out for dinner tonight, but I'm ...
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Why cook stewing meat low and slow?

I know that you're supposed to cook cuts like beef chuck at a low temperature until they reach a high enough internal temp for the collagen to melt, which is why the same method wouldn't work for ...
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Can I cook ribs by starting them one day and finishing the next?

I am serving ribs at a party, but I can't be at home that afternoon. If I cook them the day before and then finish them off right before party, will them still be tender?
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Meat alternative for tempura?

I am having friends over and plan to make tempuras. Two of them don't like seafood in general so my choice of shrimps and squid might not please them so I was looking for a meat alternative for them ...
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How to bake salmon

What temperature should the inside of the salmon reach? And for how long? Is 450F an acceptable preheated oven temperature? How long per pound should salmon be cooked at 450F?
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Is “sealing in the flavor” an actual thing?

Someone mentioned searing food to "seal in the flavor". My response was that searing was a way to add a delicious crust, and nothing more or less. However, I recently noticed a frozen food mentioning ...
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Color changes in ground beef?

So this sounds lame, but I have never cooked burgers before. Well my dad came over and since it's my first house I purchased we did the traditional grill out. I bought a charcoal grill and he showed ...
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Can you eat alligator?

I have heard of people eating alligator. But only southern people. I am from Ohio and don't know any place in Ohio that has alligator meat. Another thing I am concerned about is that alligators have ...
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In a restaurants' kitchen in SC, is it DHEC approved to store raw meat next to ready to eat food?

In a cold table, is it dhec approved to hold raw meat up top next to ready to eat food, provided they have lids. There is a 3-4 inch steel spacer in between each top holding area. It would not be ...
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I left unopened pack of lamb burgers to thaw on the counter for 2-3 hours [duplicate]

I left unopened pack of lamb burgers to thaw on the counter for 2-3 hours, if I cook them thoroughly should they still be safe to eat? Please advise, haste is appreciated.
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How to reproduce charcoal flavor in steaks and burgers from restaurants

Recently I went to a couple of restaurants. I had a burger at one and a steak at the other, both had a distinct taste that I can't describe. Kind of a charcoal taste but I know they were cooked over ...
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Meat juices can they be saved for recooking meat?

Can I keep the dripping and meat juices to cook with at a later date?
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Difference between Fleischkäse, Mortadella, and Parizer

I am a great fan of some cold meats typical to Germany, Italy, and Romania. Surprisingly, I was unable to find a definition of how they are made which is sufficiently accurate to determine any ...
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Should beef be cooked before adding to the pot for Stroganoff?

I'm following a recipe for Beef Stroganoff in a slow cooker. The recipe does not say whether I should cook the stewing beef at all before adding it to the slow cooker. I tend to thoroughly brown ...
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What is the history of souvlaki and is there any benefit in cooking meat on a skewer?

I'm wondering about the origin of souvlaki. Was it only something of a convenience (easy to cook lots of pieces together)? Or does this way of grilling lead to better results, as opposed to just ...
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Using frozen mince beef [duplicate]

I forgot to get my mince beef out of the freezer to cook tonight, so it's still frozen...Can I cook it straight from frozen or does it need to fully defrost?
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Pork Belly - served with soft fat

I have been to two restaurant now and been really disappointed with their pork belly as I was expecting the fat would come crispy and when it didn't the waitress said Chef said its slow cooked so ...
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My dishes seem the same [closed]

I have been learning to cook for a little while now, and can make 10+ good looking and tasting meals but I have a problem I am encountering that I notice more and more as I learn new meals. It seems ...
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Broiling Specifics

I have 2 questions when I broil lamb chops. When the recipe says to broil lamb chops 4-5 inches from the top element, to they mean the top of the lamb chop should be 4-5 inches from the element, or ...
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When is it OK to cook a burger medium?

When does it seem to be OK to eat burgers cooked medium and sometimes not? I live in the UK and for many years it has been well-instructed that you cook your burger through to ensure that any ...
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Can thawing meat too quickly affect its quality?

Can thawing meat more quickly (e.g. warm water, microwave, warm oven) than normal (leaving out at room temperature) affect the taste / texture of the meat? Is there a particular maximum rate of ...
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Maximum temperature for thawing meat

When thawing frozen beef in hot water (meat in sealed bag / container in water), what is the maximum temperature that the water can be to not inadvertently start cooking the meat or otherwise affect ...
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Pork loin vs pork roast?

I've seen both boneless pork sirloin chops and pork sirloin roasts in the grocery store, for different prices. From their names, I would think the chop is intended for grilling and the roast is ...
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What cuts are “stir fry beef” and “stewing beef”?

I've seen beef chunks in the store labeled as both stir fry beef and stewing beef, but neither indicate what actual cut they are. I imagine it might vary by brand but what are these usually? Are they ...
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Preparing slow cooked meats for the next day

This may be a basic question but I have never done it before (I have slow cooked meat before just not for the next day): I want to prepare different slow cooked meats, beef, pork and a lamb leg, for ...
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Is there cultural variations on what is consider offal?

Is there cultural variations on what is consider offal? My mother bemoaned to me the other day that when she was young ox tail was not considered 'real' meat and that when beef was culled on the farm ...
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What does it mean, when packaged meat depressurizes itself?

If I keep meat for a few days after it's use-by date, the packaging starts to look sucked-in, as if the amount of air has been reduced. Since it is a sealed package, I can't think how that could be. ...
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Which meat tastes different by gender?

I know of "boar taint," which describes an unpleasant taste in the meat of non-castrated pigs. Which left me wondering more broadly: Are there other animals whose meat (from an animal of the same age ...
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What's the best way to execute a pulled pork dish?

Like most people, I am a huge fan of pulled pork anything. But what I don't get is the actual pulling process of the cooked meat. Any cook book or cooking show will tell you to cut across the grain ...
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How do I modify cooking methods for a markedly smaller roast than most recipes state?

I purchased a small boneless leg of lamb roast for my husband and I to enjoy as an Easter meal. It's about 2.5 lbs. (1.3 kg). I have experience dry roasting larger cuts of beef in the past, but ...
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What can I do with the meat and fat trimmed from the top of lamb ribs?

I'm making rack of lamb tonight. I got the rack at a local farmer's market and it was a bit less butchered than I expected. I can (and did) trim it myself, but there seems to be a lot of meat embedded ...
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Freezing of Meat

How do you calculate the work reqd for freezing meat from normal temperature? What would be the capacity of a freezer to freeze 1500 kg. meat?
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Sous Vide Interrupted

I'm trying to cook beef short-ribs sous-vide at 140° for 72 hours. Imagine my shock this morning when I went into the kitchen and found the machine had turned itself off! It could not have been for ...
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Bear in a crock pot

My brother-in-law gave me a big hunk of bear meat. It's approximately 5 lbs in a cone-like shape, so a good hunk of meat. I'm curious to use a crock pot on it: some onions, potatoes, and maybe a ...
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Flavour in different cuts

I read somewhere that different cuts of beef have different flavour intensities. The general trend was that the more the muscle was used (ie: rump), the more flavour it had but the tougher it was and ...
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Is there a name for the mushy sludge that forms around/benath meat as it cooks?

I've found the terms "aspic" and of course "drippings" and "gravy", but I don't think any of those quite describe what I'm asking about — for example, we just baked some meatballs and between each one ...
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How do you fry chicken, so that oil doesn't explode on your shirt?

I love chicken, and I love to fry it. The problem is that the hot oil explodes, and it gets on my clothes. I already have a cover for my pan. The problem is that I need to turn chicken upside down ...
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Packed meat unrefrigerated storage [duplicate]

I have a 1kg beef brisket, still in store packaging, sitting at room temp for 24 hours. Is it safe?
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Does cooking a meat that's about to expire lengthen how long it's “good” for? [duplicate]

So like, if have a meat that has a particular "use by" date, and I cook it - I will kill a lot of the bacteria. Then if I refrigerate reasonably fast, will it last longer than it would've if I just ...
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Roast beef in slow cooker for 7 hours on low then on high for another hour?

I have been cooking a roast beef for 7 hours on low but it doesn't look like it will be cooked for another two hours. Can I put it on high or will it go tough?
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What were the primary reasons for different livestock consumption habits of countries and cultures?

Whilst visiting a friend in Germany recently he told me that the prevalence of pork in the German diet was because the winters often killed cattle and beef was not readily available. I began to ...
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When to add vegetables to stew?

I am participating in a stew cook-off competition with twelve restaurants involved. Rather than adding the raw, cut and prepared, root-style vegetables (red potatoes, celery, and carrots) near the end ...