Bad Meat Smell?
I am a meat eater, love the smell of a good steak sizzeling on the grill browing in the pan. The other day I bought 4 well marbled NY Strip steaks. Not dry aged that I am aware of. It came from one of those big box warehouse stores that starts with a C.
Once I started to sear it, the smell seemed kind of off almost gamey. I thought it was in my head until my other guest said the same thing. We ate about half and tossed it out. It was eatable, not sour or bitter just kind of funky smelling and ok tasting.
What would cause this weird smell, almost gamey sort of beefy?
The only thing I did differently was sear the edge of the meat where the fat strip is for one of my guests. Could that have been what people responded to?
Did you cook the steaks on the same day of purchase?
Was there any pooling of juices in the package, or were there any brown spots on the meat?
The only thing I can surmise, is that any moisture on the meat surface was the cause. The excess liquid that pools in packaging is nasty to the nose......Any meats I purchase, I always rinse and pat dry before cooking.
I cooked same day, rinced, and patted very dry, room temp for 1 hour.
Do you think it could have been sitting at the store for a long time but kept looking fresh in the vac pac? I am wondering if it was slightly aged and maybe we were not used to that smell?
It looked bright red in the package, no brown or grey spots, not really wet either.