Questions tagged [meat]

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

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When we go to the butcher's shop, which color meat should we choose? Cherry-red or brownish-red?

When we go to the butcher's shop, we see cherry-red and brownish-red meat in the cooler. I know that change in color alone does not mean the product is spoiled. Color changes are normal for fresh ...
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Dairy-free substitute for milk when marinating chicken

A number of recipes involve soaking meat in milk, buttermilk or yogurt, for example several Middle Eastern lamb recipes and traditional American southern fried chicken. Someone I'm cooking for is ...
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Drying beef to preserve it without any equipment

I have high quality beef muscle meat, beef liver and beef heart. All completely grass fed from healthy animals with clean practices thus I am not that worried about botulism ("Botulism outbreaks occur ...
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Is using treated wood safe for smoking meat?

I have some broken hickory drum sticks that I was going to throw out; but could these be useful for smoking meat? I would assume the wood is treated.
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What are those little holes in some meat?

For example this ham: I see them in ham, sometimes chicken, salami, and similar. They seem to be small sphere shaped half to one millimeter in size.
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Does honey actually tenderize meat?

I was recently reading a cooking manga named Shokugeki no Soma, in which the protagonist uses unconventional methods to cook specific dishes. In one chapter, he uses honey specifically to tenderize ...
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Is it possible to cook a meatloaf using clear glass Pyrex containers?

Still trying to restock my kitchen pans after my recent move and am on a budget, but what I do have is as set of clear pyrex, that looks about like this set: http://www.amazon.com/Pyrex-6021224-...
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Can I laminate pasta dough with meat?

I've seen a number of sites talk about laminating pasta dough with herbs and it looks lovely. But I haven't seen anything about doing this with meat. I assume you wouldn't want to do it with uncooked ...
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Do you cook in oven before dehydrating venison jerky to kill possible bacteria?

I am getting mixed advice on preparing venison jerky at home. Some people/sites advise to cook venison to internal 160 degrees in oven prior to dehydrating to kill any potential bacteria that may be ...
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What is it in frozen food that makes chefs so mad?

Gordon Ramsay's number two complaint (we know the first...) is that the food was frozen. But I am confused about the specifics. Does he mean the meat was not thawed before cooking? Does he mean that ...
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What is this yellow “fat” thing on my bacon

Searching in google for yellow bacon fat returns nothing I'm assuming it's fat, but have never seen a large yellow lump of it on any bacon I have had in the past. Would this still be good to eat? (...
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Testing for beef

I'm allergic to beef in the same way that lactose intolerant people are allergic to milk. There are times at home when I cook ground turkey and I react the same way as when I eat beef, so I'm ...
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What is good water-pan placement for offset smoker

I want to smoke a pork shoulder low and slow: 240 degrees at around 15-20 hours. I'm using an offset smoker, Oklahoma Joe Highland. What is a good placement of water pan(s) and why?
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i had hamburger meat frozen 1.5 years. i thawed it in the refridgerater for 3 days is it safe to eat? It is nice and pink, smells fine [duplicate]

I had my hamburger meat frozen for 1.5 years, then I took it out and thawed it in the refridgerator 3 days. Still nice and pink. Is it safe to eat?
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How to finish sous vide carnitas without drying them out

I've followed this recipe from Serious Eats to make sous vide carnitas. The sous vide step is easy - just leave it in the bag for 12-24 hours. The last step of the recipe is to break up the meat with ...
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Is sous vide better for lean meat or fatty meat?

(Apologies if this is already asked, I tried searching and, surprisingly, nothing came up). I’m unclear as to whether the benefit of sous vide (over conventional methods) is greater for lean meat or ...
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How long is it safe to marinate meat?

I started marinating some almost-thawed chicken and skirt steak in the refrigerator on Monday. It's Saturday, and I still haven't gotten around to cooking the meat. Is the meat still safe to cook ...
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Is it possible, and if so, how can I preserve lean meat using only salt at home?

I have lean meat (4-5mm slices) which I would like to preserve using only salt. Is this possible to do at home? Do I need any kind of special curing salt or is regular fine? I really don't care ...
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How should baking soda be used to tenderize meat?

At some Chinese restaurants, I've had beef dishes where the meat was unusually tender. It also has a somewhat unusual texture, which is hard to describe. I understand that this is a result of using ...
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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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How important are olives in Ropa Vieja? Can I substitute/omit them?

I'm looking to make some Ropa Vieja in my crock pot but I've got a picky eater who refuses to touch anything with olives or capers in it. My concern is that something about the briney/acidic nature of ...
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Why does meat (beef and pork) stay pink inside even when braised or stewed for hours?

Question is basically as is in the title. After simmering for hours, I would expect beef or pork to look fully cooked and grey in the centre, but it'll come out with some pink in the middle. Since its ...
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Gases used in packaging food?

What's the difference between CO2 and N2 used in food packaging?
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Extremely hard layer after cooking the burger on the grill

It was the first time I tried making burgers at home. I did some research on the subject. I just put salt and pepper into the ground beef. Then I heated the iron grill well and applied a small amount ...
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How much should I season meat before sous vide cooking?

I’m referring mainly to salt. I’m starting to Sous vide steaks and chops etc. I do a fast hard sear after the sous vide is finished. When the steak comes out of the bag I pat dry very thoroughly ...
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Is it safe to throw frozen meat in marinade?

What if I don't wait for it to defrost. Does it affect taste in a bad way? Or is it unhealthy? How does it compare to thawed meat?
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Why do burgers sometimes fall apart on the grill?

Sometimes when cooking a burger I have had it completely fall apart for no apparent reason. Is this due to using a ground meat that is too lean? I don't add anything to the meat and don't spend too ...
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How do I make sure that the meat cooks well and yet stays juicy on a bbq?

I am a bbq rookie and learning to cook various kinds of meat on the grill. I usually cook chicken, lamb, pork, beef and fish. However, I am struggling to get any of the meats I cook to be well-cooked ...
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Can dry aging beef and curing/fermenting/drying meat be done in same environment?

Can dry aging beef and curing/fermenting/drying meat be done in same environment ? By environment I’m referring to using the same fridge or room for example. Do these processes require similar ...
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Pasticcio vs Lasagna

What's the main difference between this two dishes, Pasticcio and Lasagna? I think pasticcio has ham and I think both have béchamel sauce. They both need to be baked (as far as I know) but honestly, ...
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Keeping cooked pasta, chicken, beef, shrimp, and rice edible for at least 5 days [duplicate]

I am trying to meal prep for the work week. I have come up with recipes that meet my calorie goals, and I am trying to make them in advance. I have tried this in the past, but what I noticed is that I ...
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How to tell pre-sliced, raw mutton from beef?

Given two plates of raw, thinly sliced meat (e.g. hot pot or Korean BBQ), how can one reliably disambiguate beef from mutton? Both appear as thin slices of red meat, with similar texture and marbling....
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Blood essential to making delicious Bison Meatballs? [closed]

We got a few more bricks of bison than usual due to the Whole Foods sale - they seem to get more bloody the longer they sit in the fridge (1/14 date). Tried making meatballs for the very first time. ...
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Not a tender steak

I have just grilled a AA boneless strip loin on the B.B.Q. I thawed it out in the fridge overnight. It was about 1" thick. I removed the outside moisture with paper towels and seasoned with salt and ...
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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 ...
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Extremely tender beef at hospital

My dad was recently in the hospital for intestinal surgery. While he was recovering they served him some beef that he was very surprised to find incredibly tender. He let me have a bite. It was so ...
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Slow cooker on warm for 2 hr with pot roast [duplicate]

I made a mistake and put a pot roast on warm setting in a crockpot and then I finish cooking it on high Is It save to eat
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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 would happen if I dehydrated fresh sausages for a couple hours?

I want to make sausages, likely following a fresh sausage chorizo recipe. I can't dry and cure them in the traditional way since I lack the equipment, so my plan is to make regular fresh sausages ...
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Prime Rib w/ bacon wrap

My butcher prepared our Christmas prime rib with a bacon wrap. He suggested 325° roast until internal temperature, but I’m skeptical of that method. I was going to do this 200° slow roast with a quick ...
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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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Is washing hands before handling meat/poultry necessary?

I was wondering if meat and chicken get cooked well, do we need to wash our hands before handling it?
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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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Food safety of low temperatures like sous vide and slow cooking [duplicate]

While I really like low temperature cooked dishes, I ask myself whether all microorganisms are killed with these methods. I'm worried that not all parasites and bacteria are killed at 60-70°C. Is ...
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Finishing pre-cooked prime rib, day-of?

I’m ordering a 6lb. bone-out prime rib roast from a local butcher. I want to have them season and (mostly) cook it for me in their rotisserie on Christmas Eve (pickup at 4pm) so I can just finish it ...
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What are some cheap types of meat that are suitable for a stir fry? [closed]

I'd like to start purchasing more meat from organic farming for my stir-frys, but the price level for high-tier cuts like chicken breast is almost unpayable, so I'd like to look into alternatives. I ...
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How long do you let a steak from the fridge come up to temperature, and when do you salt it?

Before cooking a steak, you're supposed to let it sit out at room temperature. You're also supposed to salt it. What is the proper timing for these steps? How long do you let the steak come up to ...
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how to take away the dead animal taste/smell from meat?

I went vegetarian for a while and now back on meat. but there is a lot of time the smell is repulsive like rotting flesh and death. My family member say its all in my head, but i am sure a real chef ...
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What is this discoloured patch in my smoked prosciutto?

I bought an Italian selection of cooked meats from a well-known British supermarket chain, which begins with T and rhymes with Fresco. Within this selection is smoked prosciutto. However, it appears ...
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Is there any use for the bark trimmings of dry aged beef?

I have dry aged my own beef, and now Im wondering if there are any applications for the bark trimmings aside from binning them. Also wondering whether it is safe to be consumed. I aged my beef in an ...

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