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Do you use a needle meat tenderizer?

tastyjon Jun 22, 2011 03:22 PM

I see them for sale and occasionally hear people promoting their use, but it also seems to run contrary to what is also preached when it comes to cooking meat - don't stab/sear in the juices/etc.


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  1. bitsubeats RE: tastyjon Jun 22, 2011 10:01 PM

    I imagine it's good for making chicken fried steak, or for piercing pork belly skin when making siu yook. It's what makes the skin extra crispy during roasting

    1. Hank Hanover RE: tastyjon Jun 23, 2011 02:58 AM

      I assume you mean the ones with 48 blades. I use one occasionally. The last time I used it was for swiss steak. I buy 1/2 inch thick boneless round and go over each side once or twice. You can get almost as good by having your butcher run it through a cuber.

      With swiss steak, you are braising so the cuts and tears just tenderize a tough piece of meat. You wouldn't use one of those on a steak or something you were going to sear and saute.

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