meat glue


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meat glue

Any of a family of enzymes (EC 2.3.2.12), obtained from Streptoverticillium mobaraense fermentation or extracted from animal blood, which digest skeletal muscle, allowing thin strips of animal meat to be fused together as “reformed” meat, creating thickened “steaks” from scraps. Meat glue is used in the restaurant industry to maximise the value of lesser grades of meat. The public health disadvantage is that bacteria may colonise at the interface and/or become incorporated in the meat and, for customers who like undercooked meat, pose a risk of infection.

meat glue

A colloquial term for “transglutaminase.”
See: transglutaminase
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Lay out the breast, season with salt and pepper, meat glue powder and a few thyme leaves.
The chef learns the origins of the meal, then creates a joint from all the different cuts stuck together with special meat glue, as well as making giant Yorkshire puddings.
But using meat glue can move that surface inside, where it might not be cooked thoroughly enough to kill bacteria," says Sarah Klein, an attorney and food-safety advocate at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Nutrition Action's publisher.
And some cheap steaks in supermarkets are bits of meat stuck together with meat glue.
MEPs will rally when it comes to controversial issues - as was the case for a food additive (thrombin, often referred to as meat glue, which could serve to coagulate together several different pieces of meat, and which the EP opposed in May 2010).
Past issues of Meatpaper have reported on meat glue, eating endangered species, and the consequences of the global rise of meat consumption.
Roll in meat glue, then truss with butcher's twine.
As director of technology at the very cosmopolitan French Culinary Institute in New York, Arnold uses laboratory centrifuges to clarify juice, blogs about hacking his pressure cooker, and sounds poetic on the virtues of meat glue (also known as transglutaminase).
Complex shapes made from turkey and bacon (with meat glue to bind it together) followed.
Rest assured that no horses were condemned to the glue factory to produce transglutaminase, colloquially known as meat glue.
Meat glue is produced for the food industry under the name Activa by the Japanese company Ajinomoto, which also markets monosodium glutamate (MSG).