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Liquid coming out of frozen pork chops?

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Hi, I just cooked a couple of frozen pork chops, and quite a substantial amount of liquid came out of them during cooking. The liquid is clear/red and turns white on hitting the hot pan, so I assume it is juice of some sort, but why is there so much of it? At least 2 tbsp for 2 rather small pork chops.

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  1. completely normal -- may mean that they were brined/injected with a salt solution during processing.

    Look at the package to see what it says -- it should say something along the line of "up to 10% salt solution" -- different manufacturers have different verbage.

    And do remember that this means that you're paying for 10% water, basically.....

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    1. re: sunshine842

      Thanks, I've seen it happen before but in much lower quantities so just wanted to make sure this amount wasn't abnormal. I will definitely have to check the packaging as this is a new brand I haven't tried before...

      1. re: Sirrith

        If the liquid turned a thick white almost rubbery consistency it is likely 'pellicle' [sp?]. It's protein basically. I've seen it occur on pork chops frequently.
        Happens on salmon too.

        1. re: Puffin3

          The fact that it turned white makes it sound like protein. Although usually it's not that liquidy so I imagine the pork was probably injected and it was a combination of both.