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

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Good thread for tying meat

I want to prepare kotlet de volaille. It'a a bit like Cordon Bleu, but using the natural pocket in chicken breast, and inside is just butter and fresh herbs. I thought about tying the meat with a ...
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Getting dog meat to taste as close to steak as possible?

After going on a business trip to Vietnam and tasting dog food there, my husband has begged me for the past 3 weeks to make him a dog steak. I would like to know what is the secret to cooking dog ...
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What is the correct internal temperature for rabbit meat?

I have never cooked rabbit before, and my charts don't include rabbit. Are there food safety considerations speaking for thorough heating, as with chicken, or is it acceptable to cook it medium rare? ...
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What is a good way for a beginner to start sous vide cooking?

I am just about to start experimenting with Sous Vide cooking. My plan is to start out with some very simple equipment (A PID controller and a kettle) and slowly build up until I have made my custom ...
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Döner Kebab Spices?

I'm trying to replicate the spice mix used for Döner Kebab. I am interested in spice combinations from any area. However, I am most interested in which spices are used to prepare it around western ...
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Is there a general algorithm for calculating the amount of time to roast meat for?

Often when you buy meat from the store it comes with guidance on how long the meat needs to be roasted, presumably calculated as a function of its weight. Is there some well known general algorithm ...
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Soaking liver in milk: in or out of the fridge?

When soaking pork liver in milk for 2 hours, should I place it in the fridge or at room temperature? I'm worried it might go bad, as my room is pretty hot in the summer...
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What is the lowest possible temperature for stewing meat?

If you want to stew meat low and slow, how low can you go and still get collagen break-down? And would there be any advantage to stewing at the lowest possible temperature?
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What meat should be used for Bolognese?

Bolognese sauce is a recipe that has earned my disrespect, despite me always keeping a pound of supermarket ground beef in the freezer ready to make it. You see, I use it as a fall-back recipe for ...
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What are the benefits of stewing on the hob over cooking in the oven?

When slow-cooking something like shin of beef in a gravy, what is the difference between cooking it on the hob and cooking in the oven? I tend to use the oven for slow-cooking but a lot of recipes ...
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Do breadcrumbs really act as a binder in meat preparations?

I routinely hear that breadcrumbs are added to burgers and meatballs to bind them. For example, see the answers to this question: how to stop meatballs falling apart. On the other hand, I have heard ...
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Can meat and cheese be stored together?

My husband is constantly storing opened blocks of cheese in the same container as his summer sausage, also opened. He insists that they don't need to be separated and that I am being paranoid. I say ...
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What meats can I serve medium rare and why?

It is generally accepted that pork and chicken must be cooked completely (unless put through a strong curing process) while certain cuts of beef and lamb can be served on the rare side. Why is this? ...
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Why is meat red?

What makes meat red? At first I would think it is the blood, but most packaged meat doesn't seem to be bloody per se, and plus, different meats (chicken, beef etc.) range in color from deep red to ...
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Wet Cooked Ham Slices

If you were to open a packet of cooked ham slices and they were wet, is that a bad sign? Are they gone bad? Is it ok to eat them?
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How do I prevent smoked brisket from being chewy?

Last night I smoked my first brisket. I used a charcoal smoker which was given to me. I followed the advice given to me by the previous owner coupled with some quick reading from the manual and ...
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How does lemon juice “cook” meat?

Various meats can be "cooked" using lemon juice. But how does lemon juice actually "cook" the meat?
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Will meat overcook in a boiling water pot?

I recently ate at a restaurant that had you cook your own food. They had a heating plate in the middle of the table and they would set a small pot onto it and add in spices/vegetables to the water, ...
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What is Vegetable Meat?

I have come across this food, but I am not sure what it is called. This is a totally vegetarian food but looks like non vegetarian. It is made up of soya(soya beans). Does any one knows whats its ...
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Help roaster oven quit in the night! [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long can cooked food be safely stored at room/warm temperature? I put 2 large pork roasts into my roaster oven to cook overnight for pulled pork today. I started it ...
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What can I do to prolong vegetable and meat freshness in the freezer?

In an effort to improve my eating habits I am thinking of buying more vegetables and meats while at the store so that I have them to cook with. However, with a busy schedule it is hard to try and ...
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How should I control the time and temperature when baking two dishes?

I want to cook multiple dishes at the same time using a conventional oven. A 9x 13 pan with potatoes should bake in an oven of 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. The other dish, a ham, should be in a 325 ...
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Can I still use frozen beef brisket left out at room temperature for 12 hours? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long can I store a food in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer? I left out 2 raw but frozen 6 lbs beef briskets in the sink at 7PM to thaw out because they were ...
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Freezing lasagne made with previously frozen meat

It has always been assumed at our house that if you make a meal with previously frozen meat that the meal cannot then be frozen itself and reheated at a later date. Is this true? So, just to be ...
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What am I doing wrong with my pressure cooker?

Every time I try to cook beef in my pressure cooker it gets dry and inedible. Today I tried with 2 x 450 g (2 x 1 lb) beef, with .5 l (2 cups) water and 25 minutes. The result was very dry and there ...
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Meat and fruit dessert

I'm having an event where one of the rules is that every dish has to contain both fruit and meat. I've spent the last half hour pondering as to what should I prepare as dessert. Question: What makes ...
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Will meat cook inside of a rice cooker?

I would like to use my rice cooker to cook one of those pre-packaged jambalaya mixes, and I've had good success with using prepackaged rice packets in my rice cooker. Sometimes there is a bit of ...
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Why marinade meat with acid or enzymes?

This might sound like a queer question, but why do we marinade meat with acid / enzymes? Given that marinading doesn't tenderize meat, it just turns the outer fibers into mush and releases the juices ...
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How do Chinese restaurants tenderize their meat?

I eat at a lot of Chinese restaurants now and also while growing up. I often wondered how is it that the chicken, pork, and beef in dishes are always so tender. I can never replicate it when I cook. ...
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What animal parts can be included in head cheese?

I know that head cheese is traditionally made with flesh from the head of a large animal but I have read that sometimes other scrap meats are included. Are there any portions of an animal that are ...
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What kind of meats are good for quick or cook ahead preparation, and are reasonably priced?

This year I plan to eat more meat, and fatty meat preferred. I'd like to know the general level of price per unit weight so I can judge if it's "worth it", compared to how much I like eating it. If it ...
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3D meat cuts references?

I always have trouble reading the diagrams that indicate the cuts of meat. It's hard to tell how deep the cuts go, etc. Are there any 3D diagrams out there? This blog entry has a cross section of the ...
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Is there a table that shows the cooking temperature and the duration for different meat types and its bones?

Just wondering if there is a table (similar to the one below - including a example) that can shows the cooking temperature and the duration to cook different types of meat (and/or its bones) in ...
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How to deal with a fresh hare?

My neighbour has just given me a freshly shot hare, but has been pretty unhelpful as to what I should do with it. Pheasants I can deal with, but this is a step too far. Any suggestions (apart from ...
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One whole duck and extra pieces - how long in the oven?

I have a duck (a bit more than 3 kilos) and two additional breast pieces (each around 300g). Now I am wondering how long this should stay in the oven. Rule of thumb is usually one hour per kg. So I ...
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brined turkey and fat

I had a brined turkey that someone had cooked for the 1st time this Thanksgiving. Typically we eat one that has been cooked in a roasting bag. My daughter and I both noticed that the brined turkey ...
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How can I prepare Jack fruit to simulate the texture of pork?

The best fake meat I've ever had was in Srilanka. 10 years ago I traveled to the Kandy mountains in Srilanka, where I had the most extraordinary non-meat stew. Jack fruit, potatoes, long onions, a ...
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Where can I buy a goose?

I'd like to roast a goose, but none of my local supermarkets stocks them. Where should I look?I would prefer fresh and local but frozen would suffice.
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Why has the meat turned out to be hard like rubber?

I was following this recipe for Chinese Stir-Fired Steak with Peppers. I think I messed it up by cooking this for too long. The meat (I used lamb's meat) turned out very hard, like rubber. I suspect ...
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Why do hamburger patties have ridges on one side?

Why do hamburgers have one streaked/furrowed and one smooth side? Which side should be cooked first in a pan? I'm talking about their shape, not their color or anything similar. If you look at a raw ...
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How to properly prepare a beef escalope (from the topside)?

I've read a number of recipes that call for different cooking times, so I'm a bit baffled. Normally, the escalopes are cuts from the topside (that's the bottom) of a cow. These are then hammered with ...
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How flavoursome is Roast Buffalo?

We're considering roasting a Buffalo Rib Roast for a bunch of friends but have no idea how it will turn out. How does this meat compare (assuming it's cooked medium rare) to something like a Beef ...
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Is it bad to cook frozen meat without waiting it to be unfrozen?

I wonder if it is bad to cook frozen meat (chicken, fish, beef,...) without waiting it to be unfrozen? Sometimes, I realize I forget to take meat out of my freezer beforehand, when I am too hungry ...
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How to cook meat? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the secret of making a really juicy burger? Well I want to be more independent and cook for my self. How can I say, cook a burger on a frying pan? I know you ...
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How to recook a roast?

I bought a chunk of vacuum packed beef from the discounter. The label said "roast meat", and didn't indicate which cut of beef it was. It was lean meat (4% fat), but that's normal in Europe. I ...
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Are 'sweet' and 'mild' - Italian Sausage - the same thing?

Do they refer to the same kind? Or is there a subtle difference? And what essentially encapsulates the concept of a sausage being sweet? Is it typical sucrose driven sweetness inherent to the ...
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Is smoked beef cooked 100%

For the first time in my life I tasted smoked beef. It tasted mostly like ash. It didn't have any raw taste but just wondering when meat is smoked, does it get cooked thoroughly?
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How long can cooked food be safely stored at room/warm temperature?

If I leave fully-cooked food (particularly meat) out at warm temperature - say on the counter or in a crock pot that's been turned off - how long will it stay safe to eat? Does it make any ...
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Is there an aging process by which to “oak” meat?

I was hoping there might be more ideas under this question, but I have been reading up on aging and curing meat and would like to know if there is some kind of process that, while aging the meat, can ...
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Freeze meat before or after cooking?

If I am not going to immediately eat meat, should I freeze it before or after cooking it? How is taste and freshness affected by your choice of when to freeze it? I've done both options, but I've ...