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Feb 4, 2014 06:21 AM

is medium rare hamburger kosher?

I always thought meat had to be well done-
question came up on the home cooking board.

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  1. Yes, so is steak tartare.

    1. Then tell Prime Grill and Le Marais to stop serving steak tartare. As I understand it, once beef is kashered (soaked/salted), it's considered ready for consumption.

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      1. re: ferret

        Not exactly the same, but if a medium rare steak can be considered kosher, then why not hamburger meat? (It would seem that ground beef could be thoroughly salted/soaked-- certainly moreso than a solid piece of meat.)

        "The reddish liquid that remains inside the meat after this procedure is not halachically considered blood; it is the meat's "juice," and is 100% kosher."

        Whether or not the "juice" is blood seems like an absolutely relevant point to me, and not one so easily dismissed. But then again, I'm not a halachic scholar. (Hey, if it were up to me, milk and poultry would be a-ok.)

        Mr Taster

        1. re: Mr Taster

          Ground beef is kashered before it's ground.

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        1. I'm curious to know why someone thought that it isn't kosher.

          I know of a fleishig restaurant in Manhattan who refuses to cook to anything less done than medium-well, but it seems to be out of an overabundance of caution.

          1. No reason why not as long as it has been properly salted and soaked.