Questions tagged [meat]

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

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Is cured meat broth edible?

We bought a chunk of raw beef in brine in the store. I was marked "fully cured,... boiling will develop pink color". After adding some water and slow cooking it overnight it turned into ...
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How to remove individual steaks from a lump I mistakenly froze together?

I got a vacuum sealer and stored about 7 pieces of steak in 1 bag. I put it in the freezer and just now I decided to take out a couple of steaks to thaw out so I cut open the bag but all the steaks ...
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Juice from meat extinguishing charcoals when grilling?

I've never heard anyone else talk about this problem, but it seems to happen to me all the time: I've been grilling regularly on a Webber charcoal grill for about a year. I have done my best to ...
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Seasoning for Ground Meat [closed]

I am trying to figure out how to season the ground meat in my goulash. Here are the ingredients that are in the dish. What seasonings would be best so that the dish comes together nicely? Other ...
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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 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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What are the benefits of using natural casing when making sausages?

I'm about to make some sausages and need a casing. What are the benefits of using natural casing when making sausages?
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Kosher alternative for butter as emulsifier

Jewish Law prohibits the mixing of milk and meat in cooking. However, butter, a milk product, is a kitchen staple for most cooked emulsions (eg. pan-sauces, sauces béchamels, or roux-based sauces). ...
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What is Turkey Bacon?

Is there a standard part of the turkey that they use to process "turkey bacon"? Is it pressed from different sections of the turkey?
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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 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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How deep do you need to insert the probe in a piece of meat to guarantee accuracy?

I have a wired thermometer that I mainly use for roasts, which can support the entire probe inside the meat. However, I used it last night to cook some country style ribs (pork) and was only able to ...
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Is there a name for the mushy sludge that forms around/beneath 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 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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How do you make homemade sausage without meat grinder/sausage stuffer?

I have no desire to spend hundreds of dollars on this specialized equipment to make sausage, which I may only use a few times a year. There must be some other alternatives! edit: no Kitchen Aid ...
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Is rare pheasant safe?

I'm planning to cook pheasant breast this evening and want to know if I can have it rare, as I would with duck breast. I know most government food agencies err on the side of caution (cook until all ...
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How to convert slow cooker recipes to pressure cooker with different cooking times?

Google results for this question either don't answer the question at all or don't address what happens when multiple ingredients have different pressure cooking times. I'm specifically looking to ...
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How long is SPAM really good for?

I wanted to buy some SPAM for my zombie apocalypse survival kit, and I noticed that it had an expiration date in 2013. Should I be concerned? I've heard it will last more than 25 years.
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Best practices to minimize smoke when cooking meat using a cast iron skillet

What are the recommendations to minimize the amount of smoke generated when cooking burgers, steaks or other meats in a cast-iron pan?
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Differences between cooking a whole duck vs chicken or turkey?

I've cooked whole turkeys and chickens many times, but never a whole duck or any other "gamey" meat. Is there a difference in what should be done or technique in general? I've been told by others ...
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How to properly cook a kid?

Goat. Goat kid. I have a three month old goat kid that recently had to be moved to the freezer. Most of the goat recipes that I see call for long braising in strong flavors. I assume they are using ...
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“For optimal flavor, open the package 30 minutes before eating” - only temperature or also chemistry?

Packages of ham or smoked fish sometimes have a hint like the one I quoted in the title. They are usually stored in the fridge, so one part of the reason to take it out of the fridge and open it ...
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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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What causes mold to grow on frozen meats?

About 8 months ago we had a beef processed a meat processing plant. When we picked up the meat it was all pre-packaged and frozen. We immediately put it all in the freezer when we got home to be ...
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Cooked beef roast covered with red coloring

After cooking a beef bottom round rump roast, a red coloring is covering, and penetrating, the meat. The roast was purchased at a reputable grocery chain and properly refrigerated for two days before ...
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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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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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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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Cooking meat inside pumpkin [closed]

I was wondering if cooking meat inside pumpkin in oven would lead to a kore tasty meat or it will only be dry and tasteless. I still haven't tried it, but watching a video that made octopus inside a ...
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How to prevent meatballs from drying out when I substitute a lean meat?

The meat in question that I use would be ground turkey, though this could apply for any leaner ground meat used to replace beef. This would also be more for recipes such as turkey burgers and ...
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How do I avoid dry meat and burned masala and rice in biryana?

I have tried to make Biryani several (3, lol) times using this recipe but never got it right. The meat gets too dry, and the masala and rice often get burned. How can I avoid this?
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What is the best way to douse a charcoal grill?

When the heat of a charcoal grill gets too hot, what is the best way to douse the fire; the objective being to lower the temperature without putting the fire out completely? How much water should be ...
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Why do you need to cool the filling of a meat pie before adding to the pastry?

Sometimes I don't have time to cool the mixture before adding to my pastry but I can't see a major difference in outcome - the pastry does seem to be a bit more soggy when the mixture is not cooled ...
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Will uncooked meat tenderise or toughen while stored in a refrigerator?

In an effort to make fewer food shopping trips, I want to store meat in the fridge for a few days before cooking. However, if I'm entertaining guests I want the meat to be as tender as possible. Will ...
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Meat juice reabsorption sous vide

I frequently cook sous vide at home--primarily for the sake of convenience. I have been generally satisfied with the results, and normally get tender and juicy meat. One thing that bothers me, ...
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Testicles as food?

When I read that you can buy and eat testicles I wondered whether I should try it once, since I'm basically open to anything that tastes good. I wonder how I should prepare them. If I buy testicles ...
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why roast marrow bones at 450F?

Many of the recipes for roast marrow bones suggest a short (20min), high temp roast. Are there any reasons to cook them at such a high temperature instead of, say one hour at 350°F?
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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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What types of alcohol will make meat tender when marinating?

When marinating meat for Russian "Shashlik"(BBQ) some people marinate meat in alcohol. My uncle prefers to use beer when preparing pork. My Georgian(this Georgia) friend uses red wine, which was the ...
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How can I add meat into a completed tomato sauce?

Yesterday I was cooking for someone and was planning on making a bolognese sauce, but when it came to start cooking (ie. after doing my mise en place), she asked if I could leave the meat out of it, ...
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Is "quick brining" as effective as an overnight soak?

I recently came across this article, Quickly Brine Chicken When You Don't Have Much Time, which suggests 2-3 hours in a 10% brine, followed by a 1-hour rest. Does this work? If so, are there any trade-...
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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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Rabbit that looks and tastes like chicken?

OK, I know saying such & such a type of meat tastes like chicken is a total stereotype, but bear with me. I am not a frequent eater of rabbit but I'd say have it 1-2 times a year, so I feel like I ...
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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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How to prepare mutton so it's not tough?

I had a mutton shoulder and I wanted to prepare it in a way which imitated to some point doner kebab, so the meat was sliced into thin pieces and fried on a pan. However it was a bit tough. I'd ...
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Should meat be seasoned before or after cooking?

When should meat be seasoned? I heard that salting meat prior to cooking draws out the moisture but I have noticed that a number of chefs season their meat prior to cooking.
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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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Cooking techniques for venison neck

I recently received a venison neck. I've never cooked this cut before and I haven't found a lot of helpful recipes. I want to keep it as whole as possible, not simply grind it into sausage. I am ...
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What is a good substitute for puffin?

I am trying to recreate a faroese dish of braised puffin stuffed with cake. As I live in the UK, puffin is not a meat that is easily available (if at all). To anyone who has tried puffin or knows ...
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on proper thermometer poking?

When you use a thermometer and poke a large hole in the meat, can you use the same hole to accurately gauge temperature later on?

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