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

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Should I add vegetables and spices in the stock-making stage of pig-knuckle soup?

I'm toying with the idea of making some soup - just a simple one. The recipe call for boiling/simmering a pig-knuckle for about four hours together with a laurel-leaf. Afterwards the stock/fond is ...
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Using a vacuum sealer to marinate?

With the vacuum sealers that have hit the market, they're have been a lot of toys added onto the products. One such device is used for marinating meat. It just looks like a tupperware bin with a ...
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Does milk tenderize meat?

In another question I suggested that milk might be used as a tenderizer. That generated an amount of scepticism, so I think it is worth breaking the question out. The idea came from "The New Best ...
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Roasting beef and lamb roasts together

Can I roast @ 200 degress both a rib roast and a leg of lamb in same oven together without flavors transfering
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How to prevent chicken from having a chalky texture?

Even after brining, filleting and cooking to perfect temperature (68 to 71 c) my chicken texture (whole and breast) sometimes comes chalky. Mind you, the chicken can still be juicy while being chalky. ...
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Is the grey stuff the thing we make fond out of

When cooking minced meat in particular (and most meat as far as I know), some grey, gooey stuff usually turn up on one side. Its also apparent when doing certain sous vide things and chicken (in that ...
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Left a 10 pound cryovac wrapped frozen ribeye in garage for 3 hours - is it safe to eat? [duplicate]

I purchased a 10 lb sleeve of ribeye from a friend who works at a sausage factory. It was purchased within an hour of it being brought back from the sausage factory and it was frozen solid. Got busy ...
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Is it feasible to freeze a whole pig?

How long can I freeze a pig whole? How can I keep it from getting freezer burned? We are having a wedding in September and it's June but the pig is already currently at the size we need it to be. I ...
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What cut of beef can I use to make “sukiyaki beef”?

I want to try a recipe for Gyudon (shown below) that calls for thin-sliced "Sukiyaki Beef". My local grocery store doesn't carry anything by that name. I'm comfortable with thin-slicing beef myself (...
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Is there a problem with defrosting meat on the counter?

I generally defrost meat on the kitchen counter. A friend of mine suggested that this was dangerous and suggested that I defrost meat in the refrigerator. I am no biologist but it seems to me that as ...
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Safety of meat marinade [duplicate]

I understand the safety issues of ANYTHING coming into contact with raw meat, but is it safe to reuse raw meat marinade if it has been kept frozen?
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Chicken without all that fat?

Whenever I make chicken, I end up going through and trimming a ton of fat. I have heard that free-range chicken is leaner. Is this actually true? What, generally, is the best way to make sure you end ...
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Cooking Moose meats

Today, I'll be getting about 50 lbs of fresh moose meat. I suspect, it'll be an assortment of different cuts. What are some of the things to consider when cooking Moose?
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How necessary is it to marinade meat before making jerkies?

So I just got myself a dehydrator, for the purpose of making jerkies. I was thinking of just seasoning the meat lightly instead of marinating them, which takes considerably more time, needs more ...
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Is it contaminating the spice to touch it after touching raw meat?

When I cook raw meat, especially chicken strips, I have it spread out on the chopping board with a few bags and containers of spice to the side. I don't actually use too many shakers for spice. Since ...
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How long does raw ground meat last in the fridge?

Does it make a difference if it's raw ground pork or raw ground veal? There is no sell-by date since I got it at the butcher.
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How to chop/mince meat?

How can I chop or mince meat more easily? Currently I just use a knife and chop it up. Meat grinders are no good. I am not trying to make sausage. I want to chop the meat up, not turn it into goo. ...
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Why not mix meat or poultry with fish?

I have just realized that I cannot recall ever seeing an item on any menu or in any cookbook that includes both fish and meat or fish and poultry together. (Meat and poultry I have seen.) Is there a ...
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What is the most energy efficient way to cook meat on an electric stove?

I have a reduced sense of taste and smell; so when I cook, things like preparation times, cost of ingredients, energy efficiency, healthiness and to a small extent novelty of the dish play a slightly ...
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Why meat gets tough after soaking it in vinegar solution for more than 24 hours?

Vinegar is a marinade and i have tried marinating meat before too but if meat is soaked in vinegar solution for more than 24 hours then it gets tougher.Why?
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How to reheat without compromising quality

Not always, but more often than not, I am able to perfectly cook our dinner protein (meat). This also includes my husband when he B.B.Q.s. The problem is, how can the meat be reheated the next day ...
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Why does my meat never thaw in the fridge?

Everyone on the internet says you should never thaw meat outside of the fridge. My fridge is about 40f cold, and meat NEVER thaws in it. Its always at least -4f even after sitting in fridge overnight. ...
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How can you tell when a roast is done?

How can you tell when a roast is done? How long should they roast for?
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How to bind chopped pepperoni, salami, and bacon

I have this sandwich I make that I think is pretty good, except that I have a problem with it falling apart. Basically I take sliced salami, sliced pepperoni, (precooked) bacon, and banana peppers ...
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Whole tenderloin temperature concerns [duplicate]

I put a whole tenderloin in my garage refrigerator but the door was accidentally left ajar overnight. The temp of the meat is 80 degress internally. Did I just ruin $150 worth of meat?
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Does a pressure cooker really cook food evenly?

My mother uses a 5 liter pressure cooker to cook chicken pieces. She heats it for 10 minutes, switches off the stove and waits for the steam pressure to go down before opening the lid. Even ...
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Coating meat in flour before browning, bad idea?

For a long time, before browning meat that would then braise, I've coated it in flour as to ensure the right consistency for the resulting sauce. Are the downsides to this method? Should I just brown ...
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Is it bad to marinate meat for too long?

From my experience it is always best to marinate meat for a decent amount of time, so the meat can "soak" up the marinade and be more flavourful. However, I came across this recipe here: http://www....
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Which factors determine the absorption levels of foods? [closed]

I wonder if there are some general rules for primary food groups (meat, veggies) that a cook can use to increase/decrease the amount of oil, water, and other compounds uptaken by the target ingredient ...
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What types of meat should I pound and why?

I know people sometimes pound their meat. I never do, and I am interested in what I am missing out on. Basically it comes down to a three part question: Why is meat pounded, what is the result that ...
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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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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 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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Is it feasible to smoke meat with spruce needles?

I am thinking of constructing a makeshift smoker and smoke some meat out in the woods this weekend. When burning spruce needles they produce a lot of smoke; is it suitable to smoke meat with spruce ...
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Cooked cornbeef left out for 10 hours [duplicate]

We cooked 2 cornbeef briskets for four hours, and put one in the microwave To store while we ate but forgot to put it away until 10 hours later. Is it safe to eat still?
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What happened to my steak?

I have trouble cooking a steak 'medium', and to be honest, cooking it at all. These were my steps: Bought a steak (hip) that was about 1cm to 1.5cm in height. I let it reach room temperature (1 to ...
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Refreeze ground hamburger as hamburgers after thawing?

Can I thaw ground hamburger, make hamburger patties, and then refreeze them? I am thawing then on the counter in their original packaging. It is from a half cow that I bought.
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For patting dry meat, what is a substitute for paper towels?

Patting dry with paper towels is really wasteful. I would like to pat dry meat with something reusable like a kitchen towel, yet I fear some of the bacteria will remain on it and make it contaminated. ...
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How do you infuse the flavor of a sauce into chicken?

I have cooked some chicken in a pot with honey sauce. The sauce was very flavorful, and while the chicken had a great texture none of the sauce's flavor was in the chicken! It was almost flavorless. ...
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How does the USDA grading system work?

I understand it has to do with the marbling of the meat. Does the grading system apply to the entire cow, as in any cut from this cow is considered prime/choice/select? Or is it done by the portion ...
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Heavy smoke taste [closed]

I have a masterbilt electric smoker and my wife tells me it has too much smoke taste to it. What am I doing wrong? The instructions say not to soak the wood chips.
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Why do American supermarkets only carry lamb and not mutton?

When I go to the supermarket I do not see much, if any, mutton, just a lot of lamb. So, I have postulated some possible explanations: mutton (the meat of a sheep) is being sold as "lamb", mutton ...
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Is freezing browned meat the best option

I've previously browned chicken in the pan before freezing it for use at a later date but recently a thought has occurred to me to prepare it 'white', freeze and then brown it when using it defrosted ...
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If oil in a frying pan gets displaced, say by too much liquid being sweated, will the meat be unevenly cooked?

A thought occurred to me that since oil is a better conductor of heat than water, can too much sweating hurt the cooking process? If the meat sweats a lot of liquid, blood or protein then it can move ...
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Cooking meat/fish without Maillard reaction(a.k.a. browning)

Maillard reaction (browning) is the chemical reaction that occurs during frying. Almost all the recipes on cooking meat/fish are all about frying. Even if it's not frying it still mostly incorporates ...
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How to dry homemade pork sausages with proper humidity and temperature?

I am new to this and am attempting to dry some pork sausages. I was told to add a quarter pound of salt for every ten pounds of pork meat, which I did (I used ordinary table salt). I have the sausages ...
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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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Will meat taste okay if I cook it in a pan where the leftover fond seems burned?

I have found that after 2 batches of chicken breasts, the fond is in the pan for enough time to start burning, so the third batch gets a little black and starts to taste burned. Does it mean that I ...
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How do you cook boneless chicken thighs?

I can cook beef steak and chicken breasts pretty good, but boneless chicken thighs is where I have some issues. First it is uneven in width, making it hard to properly cook the insides without ...
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Does 85% lean ground turkey have the same amount of fat as 85% lean ground beef?

I'm not a cooking expert so I'm not exactly sure what the notation means. I always thought that turkey was a much leaner meat than beef. So if turkey is labeled as 85% lean, does that mean it has the ...