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Feb 28, 2013 08:03 PM

what is oozing from my meatballs??

I made some meatball the other night using extra lean turkey, I had some leftover so I froze them - raw. Tonight I made some soup out of them, I put them in chicken stock and simmered them and noticed this whitish substance oozing out! at first I thought maybe it was fat, but the meat was extra lean, do you think it was egg?? I put egg whites in as a binder - since I put them in frozen maybe the egg cooked faster and expanded? thoughts?

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  1. Sounds like standard poultry scum/foam.

    4 Replies
    1. re: ML8000

      Yup, same as when you poach chicken breasts.

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        I've never seen that when I poach chicken breast!

        1. re: ariesgirlb78

          Interesting, whenever I poach chicken breast foam rises to the top of the pot.

          1. re: fldhkybnva

            I should say I've never seen what I saw with the meatballs happen with chicken breast, this was a different texture. I've had cloudy water from poaching chicken breast but its different from this.

    2. and it didn't happen when I cooked the first batch

      1. Im thinking it could have been the egg white - texture might have been affected by freezing. Or scum from poultry. Neither of these things are unheathy or dangerous, you can skim if you have a visual issue.

          1. It's protein either from the meat or from your egg whites. When heated, the proteins within the intracellular fluids of the meat will coagulate, forming a matrix not dissimilar from poached egg whites.

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            1. re: JungMann

              Yes, that's it. It sometimes happens when meatballs are roasted in the oven as well.

              1. re: Gio

                That's what I'm thinking to - I ate them, they tasted good and I'm still alive! Just seemed really odd!

                1. re: ariesgirlb78

                  Just think.. if you could eat the whole meatball why wouldn't you be able to eat the "juice" that flows from them? I bet it was delicious, as you say. (I've been known to mop it all up with the ever-present slice of crusty bread...)