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How to pound chicken breasts without a meat tenderizer?

This might seem silly but, . . . I use my fist. I always cover my chicken with plastic wrap to contain the mess before I pound it. You can also glove up instead/as well. I have found that punching it ...
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How to pound chicken breasts without a meat tenderizer?

Anything flat, non-breakable, and reasonably heavy would work: rubber mallet, rolling pin, flat-bottomed wooden bowl, etc. I would suggest protecting the meat and implement from one another with ...
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How to pound chicken breasts without a meat tenderizer?

Put breast between baking paper, roll like dough with a rolling pin. If you have any spices/herbs/salt/pepper to add you can sprinkle then mid rolling as this will push them inside meat.
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Does honey actually tenderize meat?

Based on the description given in the manga (specifically "I rubbed it on the meat before boiling" [emphasis mine]) I would guess that this is not actually an effect of tenderization at all. Instead, ...
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Will uncooked meat tenderise or toughen while stored in a refrigerator?

While dry aging does impact texture, storing a portion that you might purchase for yourself, or a small number of people, in the refrigerator for a few days will not impact the final texture. Instead,...
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Why is beef butchered in small scale almost subsistence farming so tough that even tenderloin is only good for ground beef?

Having butchered thousands of animals since I was young (cows, sheep, goats, deer, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, emus, rabbits, snakes) the issue of toughness in meat can be caused by a lot ...
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Soaking beef in water

In the west beef are not as "fresh" as in asia. The meat in the supermarket in the west most likely have been hanged and drained of any blood for several days. (Hence, there's no need to wash the ...
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How to tenderize squid for ika nigiri?

Squid gets rubbery when overcooked and it happens really fast, so you should just blanch it for just a few seconds and immediately cool it in icy water. I used to score the squid on the outside (with ...
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What ingredients to use to prevent steak from drying out on the grill?

I was going to address your post point-by-point, but I think it's probably better to start over. It sounds like you've done quite a bit of workshopping here. I disagree with a number of the conclusion'...
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How to tenderize large squid?

Papaya is a known tenderizer for octopus, squid, and other meats. Another option is papaya enzyme tablets found in the supplement section of drugstore. Either can be added to the recipe while ...
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Curled, Tender Beef in Noodle Soups (esp. Vietnamese)

In your case it's probably brisket or flank steak, which are stringier cuts and are therefore more prone to curling. Slicing them very thin lets them cook through after a quick dunk in the hot broth ...
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Chemical meat tenderizers

The tenderizing actions for all of the examples you've listed are different, and some are entirely debatable. Tenderizing isn't about specific ingredients; it covers a whole range of different ...
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How to pound chicken breasts without a meat tenderizer?

I've been known to cover with plastic wrap, lay my chef's knife flat along a piece of chicken, and then hit the flat of the blade with the heel of my hand. Obviously, stay away from the sharp / ...
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How to pound chicken breasts without a meat tenderizer?

We designed ourselves a wooden block (remains from a 2" laminate floor joist) about 8" by 8", drilled a hole in one side, and screwed in a handle. When we use it, we wrap it around and around with ...
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Why cook octopus with an onion?

I would suspect for the same reason you often marinade steak or meats in onions. According to the answer onions contain proteolytic enzymes which are natural tenderizers, by breaking down proteins ...
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Tenderizing vegetables (chili pepper)

Roast in a hot oven, over grill or direct flame, or in cast iron. Whole...until skin is dark and blistered. Remove from heat carefully. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic. Allow to cool. The ...
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Is there any other substitute of papaya paste to tenderize the mutton or beef?

Your closest substitute will be pineapple, either juice or puree, which is much more widely available worldwide than green papaya. Papaya contains a natural tenderizer called papain; pineapple ...
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How to tenderize large squid?

In Africa they tenderize them by beating them with rocks, like you would do with a steak tenderizer. A bit of manual labour, but well worth the effort. The by far most tender calamare I've ever had ...
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Does cooking octopus in salt or pastry crust produce juicy octopus?

ok, so octopus either needs to be cooked for a very short amount of time (just until it's barely cooked through) to keep the muscle tissue tender or for a very long amount of time (2 hrs plus) to ...
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How does pineapple tenderize meat?

Update: After reading a bit on this, (and also fully reading the question) I found that there have been papers written on the effects of acid baths on meat tenderness as well as enzyme treatment: ...
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How to pound chicken breasts without a meat tenderizer?

I've seen my mother use a Corningware plate or saucer in place of a meat tenderizer. She would just hold the plate sideways and pound out the meat with the edge of the plate.
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Why do some meats get tougher with higher temperatures, while others become more tender?

This is a product of the cut more than of the animal. You're comparing shank with steak, which are two very different cuts. In general, to get a tender cut with high temperature cooking you want a ...
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How long to sous vide a tough cut of steak?

Collagen (type-1, for the scientific folks), one of the major connective tissues in beef, begins to dissolve into gelatin starting at 55°C (131°F) but very slowly, long enough for the meat itself to ...
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Will uncooked meat tenderise or toughen while stored in a refrigerator?

This depends on many factors. From what I've seen, meat tenderness vs. toughness depends mainly on the amount of shock you create when cooking it. The main effects I've observed: if you put the super-...
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Steak still tough despite using methods to tenderize it

You have a couple of things working against you for tenderness. First, grass-fed beef is often less tender that beef fed on grains. Second, the sirloin is not the most tender cut regardless of what ...
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Extremely tender beef at hospital

Maybe the meat was made with transglutaminase, a clotting agent that has the ability to bind protein-containing foods together. As I understand it, the results are very tender, often being served as ...
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Cooking sliced ham to make it tender

You could use pâté or rilette or cretons or similar (spreadable meat pastes). Alternatively, Cook's Ham has a recipe for "ham pâté" (Basically throw the ham in a food processor, then mix in some ...
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Does honey actually tenderize meat?

I have used a honey and olive oil based overnight marinade for decades and in my opinion it definitely tenderises. I dont pretend to understand the science but in practice I find it works, and is ...
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Does honey actually tenderize meat?

Yes honey tenderizes meat, though not to the degree shown and only if it is A. real honey not honey flavored rice syrup or sorghun syrup as most cheap honey is (Chinese Honey exports mostly) and B. It ...
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