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What constitutes the majority of meat?

It's essentially just water. You can directly see this in the full USDA nutrition facts (link is for "Chicken, broilers or fryers, breast, meat only, cooked, roasted"). Per 100g, there is 65.26g of ...
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Any benefit to buy high-quality meat for a mediocre cook?

This is a great question, but not one that can be answered with "yes" or "no". In some areas, it is known that the professional grade tools and ingredients require much skill to use well and so the ...
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Can meat spoil outside the fridge if it's baked into bread as a filling?

There are two differences between your buns and a tin can. First, your buns were heated to a core temperature of under 100°C. Yes, your oven was probably set way higher, but the water content in your ...
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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

My response to this kind of question is always just ask, and if you absolutely can't, err on the side of caution. I'm assuming here that you're talking about a pretty thorough heating and brushing. ...
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Is there any advantage to combining spices before applying them to meat?

If you premix to make a rub, it's easier to apply spices evenly. Otherwise, you must individually apply a small amount (for example, 1/4 tsp) of several spices evenly. With a rub, you make the spice ...
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Why do American supermarkets only carry lamb and not mutton?

It's not just American supermarkets that rarely carry mutton, this situation is similar across the Anglosphere, and I suspect most Western countries too (or at least those without a strong mutton ...
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Extremely hard layer after cooking the burger on the grill

You did everything right except you overcooked your burgers. Those are relatively thin patties, they won't take 7 minutes a side on high heat, that is what caused that hard crust. I'd be cooking them ...
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Spice blends have no flavor?

Salt TL;DR, The ingredients you list in your local spice blend doesn't include anything that would primarily hit the salty, sweet, sour, bitter, or umami tastes. The commercial product you link to has ...
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How to properly brown cut-up chicken breast pieces?

You have overcrowded your pan. All you have to do is to brown it in batches. Each batch should be so small that you have only one layer of chicken cubes on the pan bottom. The pieces will still lose ...
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Any benefit to buy high-quality meat for a mediocre cook?

Whether you are a skilled cook or not, the quality of the end result will be helped by better quality ingredients. Take insalata caprese as an example, this is a salad of tomatoes, mozzarella and ...
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Utensil that forms meat into cylinders

Seems like the bamboo mat used for making sushi rolls would be a good choice for this. Line it with heavy plastic wrap or parchment paper, of course.
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Is "sealing in the flavor" an actual thing?

Searing on a grill to "seal in juices" has largely been disproven. Meat loses juice at roughly the same speed regardless of searing the meat first. Searing does produce the Maillard reaction and ...
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What can I substitute for soda pop in a sweet pork recipe?

Apple juice is good with pork. The frozen cans of concentrate are cheap and perfect for this use. Apple juice lacks the dark notes of cola. To get those I propose you add hoisin sauce. It is very ...
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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

Depends on the person but typically... no. I'm not sure how bad cross contamination is in terms of food safety, but grills are high heat, though you might not always heat the food through. Many ...
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Can I brine meat after cooking it?

It won't do anything useful. Brining works on raw meat by denaturing some of the proteins inside the cells so they gel and hold tightly onto their water. It also gets tasty salt in. Cooked meat has ...
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Does meat (Black Angus) caramelize just with heat?

He's not referring to the kind of caramellisation you see when you make caramel, he's referring to the Maillard reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars that is responsible for among other ...
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Keeping meat dry after salting it

Serious Eats published a great article on how to cook, sear, and season their perfect steak! TL;DR Salt your steak and rest it on a wire-rack for 40+ minutes (ideally in a fridge overnight) before ...
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Can of chicken left in hot car - okay or trash

Referencing Shelf-Stable Food Safety, from The Food Safety and Inspection Service in the US. There are several factors that limit the shelf life of canned foods. First, cans can rust over time. ...
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Traditionally, is prosciutto never to be cooked?

'Never to be cooked'… nope. Cook it if you need it cooked. Saltimbocca alla Romana I'd think to be traditional enough to refute this easily. Jamie Oliver's recipe. There are a million others, but the ...
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Can meat spoil outside the fridge if it's baked into bread as a filling?

I don't know about chicken specifically, but pork filled baozi (steamed buns) need to be stored in the refrigerator. Bread crust isn't exactly non-porous after all (squeeze a bun, the air doesn't ...
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Traditionally, is prosciutto never to be cooked?

The problem with saying the word "traditionally" in regard to Italian cooking is that traditions vary wildly from region to region (and often village to village). The person you were talking ...
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Utensil that forms meat into cylinders

This seems to be one of those gag gift products you find on the web that has attracted attention for its absurdity... reading through the questions and reviews, it's difficult to tell which are jokes ...
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Is there any advantage to cooking steak on the bone?

Well, many steak experts have held for years that bone-in steak just tastes better, something about that marrow being good. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt from Serious Eats tested that theory. He found that the ...
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Traditionally, is prosciutto never to be cooked?

I believe I can explain where your friend's belief comes from. There are three main traditional cured pork products used in Italian cuisine: prosciutto, pancetta, and guanciale. Of these, (certified) ...
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Are there different grades or styles of bacon?

In the UK there are two main cuts of bacon. There's "streaky bacon", which is cut from the pork belly. This is mostly what you get in the US. There's also "back bacon" which is cut from the pork ...
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Finishing pre-cooked prime rib, day-of?

Two stage cooking is generally not a safe practice unless the food comes to at least 130-140F during the first stage, held there an adequate amount of time to kill off bacteria, then is chilled ...
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Finishing pre-cooked prime rib, day-of?

Your goal is to reduce cooking time. Having your roast previously partially cooked won't help. Ultimately, on Christmas Day, you'll need to heat a 6-lb roast from <40°F (fridge temp) to >120°F(...
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Sous Vide ribs -- can't eat for 2 days... best choice?

Pull them out on time. Cool them rapidly in an ice bath. The rapid cooling is for food safety reasons rather than any affect on the cooking. Reheat them for cooking however you were going to finish ...
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What to expect from canned bear meat?

Canned foods are by their very nature cooked once they're in the can. That's how they keep so well. It is possible to grill canned meat if you dry it first, and it may benefit from a little browning ...
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Why should entrecôte meat apparently be cut into slices before served?

To directly answer your question - you slice it for presentation. Entrecôte should be cooked at as high a temperature as you can achieve. This will tend towards charring the outside before the inside ...
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