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what is oozing from my meatballs??

ariesgirlb78 Feb 28, 2013 08:03 PM

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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    ML8000 RE: ariesgirlb78 Feb 28, 2013 08:09 PM

    Sounds like standard poultry scum/foam.

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      fldhkybnva RE: ML8000 Feb 28, 2013 08:26 PM

      Yup, same as when you poach chicken breasts.

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        ariesgirlb78 RE: fldhkybnva Feb 28, 2013 08:30 PM

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

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          fldhkybnva RE: ariesgirlb78 Feb 28, 2013 08:33 PM

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

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            ariesgirlb78 RE: fldhkybnva Feb 28, 2013 08:43 PM

            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.

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      ariesgirlb78 RE: ariesgirlb78 Feb 28, 2013 08:31 PM

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

      1. jen kalb RE: ariesgirlb78 Feb 28, 2013 08:35 PM

        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.

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          sambamaster RE: ariesgirlb78 Feb 28, 2013 10:30 PM


          1. JungMann RE: ariesgirlb78 Mar 1, 2013 09:27 AM

            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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              Gio RE: JungMann Mar 1, 2013 09:33 AM

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

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                ariesgirlb78 RE: Gio Mar 1, 2013 09:38 AM

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

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                  Gio RE: ariesgirlb78 Mar 1, 2013 11:24 AM

                  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...)

            2. twyst RE: ariesgirlb78 Mar 1, 2013 09:39 AM


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