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Can I feed my dog raw meat in Vietnam?

I was just wondering if it’s ok to feed my dog raw meat in Vietnam. I’m a bit nervous about the meat quality and though it’s fine cooked I wasn’t sure if he could get something from the meat. Should I just give him a cooked diet instead? Thanks!
Just to clarify some things.. the meat is for human consumption and is bought in a normal supermarket. I’m just weary of foreign meat. Maybe I’m being a bit paranoid?

You can, but just make sure that the meat you are purchasing is fit for human consumption. Purchase from traditional supermarkets (not the outdoor wet markets) and purchase ONLY very good quality meats.

Good luck!

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Posted by mark - April 4, 2017 at 11:31 pm

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Pressure cooker recipe for roast beef?

Hi,

I’m wondering if it’s possible to make roast beef (prime rib, NOT pot roast) in the pressure cooker. If I wanted it medium rare, how long would I have to cook it for (and at high or low pressure)? I have a Fagor Duo 8L pressure cooker.

Any other tips would be helpful. I need instructions about how to do this as I have not used a pressure cooker or cooked roast beef before.
I already checked google before I posted this question and alot of the recipes out there are for pot roast. In my question, I said I want a recipe for prime rib, NOT pot roast.

No, No, No, It must be roasted , if you boil it you’ll ruin it.

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Top Chef Season 6 Episode 10 PART 1/5 Meat Natalie

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The chefs head to Las Vegas to visit “Craft Steak” and cook for actress Natalie Portman and friends.

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Posted by mark - March 27, 2017 at 11:33 am

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Enjoying A Variety Of Fish And Meats With A Cold Smoker

Smoking meats and fish is a way of cooking that has been around for generations, yet few people know how to cook in this manner or how tasty it can be to use this method of cooking. When fish or meat is smoked, the flavors from the wood or wood chips used blends with the meat, creating a wonderful and unique aroma and taste. This fashion of cooking is popular in many European countries, yet there are many smoking enthusiasts in the United States that enjoy this type of cooking as well. There are many types of smokers available, such as propane, gas, and electric, yet a cold smoker is a bit more uncommon than other varieties.

How To Cook With A Cold Smoker

When using the cold-smoker method of smoking fish and other meats, the temperature one uses is far lower than the hot-smoker method. Fish is most often used with this type of smoking, and should be frozen prior to the process in order to kill any susceptible parasites within the fish. The fish must stay in a brine solution for a longer period of time as well, and the cooking time is much longer than with the hot-smoker method. Often, a cold smoker cooks very slowly, from one to five days, depending on the amount of fish that is in the smoker itself. Different kinds of fish can be placed within the cold smoker, most often salmon or cod. Herring can also be used, as well as eels. This is a popular item in European countries, but generally not as well accepted in the U.S.

A homemade cold smoker can be built using a refrigerator, yet it is usually more time consuming than it is worth, and there are many quality brands available on the market. When cooking fish in this way, the fish can last for many months in the refrigerator, whereas using the hot smoker method, the fish spoil in just a few days. If one desires to preserve their meats or fish, a cold smoker is the better option. Wood chips or powder is used in the cold smoker as well. Choosing between a cold or hot smoker is solely based on individual preference and needs, yet both should provide delicious and satisfactory results to the avid meat or fish lover for years to come.

Ann Marier
http://www.articlesbase.com/advice-articles/enjoying-a-variety-of-fish-and-meats-with-a-cold-smoker-123359.html

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Posted by mark - March 26, 2017 at 10:57 pm

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FOOD NEWS: Michael Pollan: In Defense Of Food

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Michael Pollan’s new book, In Defense of Food, provides the backdrop for his talk at the Bagdad Theater in Portland, Oregon, and this prior interview with Deborah Kane of the environmental nonprofit organization, Ecotrust. Remarkably, Mr. Pollan is talking about a defense of food in a literal sense: it’s increasingly difficult to escape from eating foods that are food-like substances (processed foods), but are not whole (real) foods. We have come to look upon “nutritionism” as a valid means of determining (healthy) value in our diet; food has been reduced to its composition of good and bad nutrients, but are we really eating healthier? In part one, we see how simple changes in food labeling requirements can influence consumer behavior, and how food manufacturer’s apply overwhelming pressure to effect laws that ultimately protect their own interests.

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Posted by mark - March 21, 2017 at 6:56 pm

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Best way to do a steak on the BBQ?

I am a ummmmmmmmmm bad cook (to put it mildly! LOL). Just bought a BBQ and going to get a good steak tonight. Cant do a quality cut (working class so no prime rib lol) So any suggestions regarding cut of steak,cooking times,spicing, and maybe a lite marinade (Dont like a strong on as it takes away the flavour of the meat so teriaki is out). Like my steak medium rare.
Yes I will put up the 10 points!
Thanks in advance!

Ok KING of the Barbies Here From Australia. Put the spices/ even little garlic crushed / maybe a little soy sause as it helps with the browning.and leave the steak at room temp for at least 30 to 40 mins ( hope it a little warm there) Then get ya Barbie up hot just before it starts to smoke.. Wack some olive oil on the steak and get that mother on the barbie. and only turn it three time. It medium only after a 4 to 5 mins
( takes practice). Then let it sit for a min after cooking so ya don’t lose the juices… On ya MATE!!

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Posted by mark - March 20, 2017 at 5:45 pm

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how to make a juicy, soft steak?

is it all about the way you cook it or the quality of meat? we bought some steak with was about to expire and it turned our so hard. we put some oil on the fry pan and cooked it. how to make it soft?

· Look for a steak with marbling throughout. This will ensure that it is flavorful and remains juicy.

· For a great steak, get a great cut of meat like top loin or filet mignon.

· Refrain from cutting open your steak to see if it is done! Doing so will release valuable juices.

o To see if your steak is done, touch it! A firm steak is well done, a springy steak is medium, and a soft steak is rare. The more often you cook your steak, the more obvious this will be.

o If you have a meat thermometer, use it! A medium rare steak will be about 145 degrees. · Ditto on turning your steak with forks – you want to keep all of the juice and flavor contained in the steak. Instead of using a fork, use tongs (long-handled ones are best… then you do not have to get too close to the heat).

· Realize that if you have a large and thick cut of meat, it will continue to cook, even after you have removed it from the oven. Therefore, take it off a little early or serve them immediately!

· Do not be worried about cooking and serving a rare steak. Once you have browned all sides of the steak, you have effectively killed off any bacteria. This is because the steak can only be contaminated with bacteria on the outer service. Therefore, you simply need to make sure that the outside of the steak has been thoroughly cooked.

· Use seasonings and marinades to enhance the flavor of your steak, not to mask it. You may find that you do not need any seasonings beyond salt and pepper! A good steak will already be tender.

· When grilling, be sure that the grill is extremely hot. When it is very hot, it will sear the outside of the meat and lock in the juices. (For the same reason, preheat your broiler if you are cooking your steak in it).

· If cooking your steak in a pan, be sure to oil your steak rather than the pan.

· Once you are done cooking your steak, take it off the heat source and let it “rest” for at least five minutes. This will allow the juices to spread out.

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Understanding Meats: Why Red Meat is Red and Why White Meat is White

Animal muscle turns to meat after slaughtering. Meat is surrounded by a layer of connective tissues, consisting almost entirely protein collagen. Meat tissues are composed of three main factors, water, protein (connective tissue) and fat. Carbohydrate also appears in meat as it gives the browning effect of meat when cooked. Without this carbohydrate, the desirable flavor and appearance of browned meat would not be achieved.

Meat are mainly referred as red or dark and white meat. Red or dark meat is mainly made up of muscles with fibers that are called slow fibers. These muscles are used for extended periods of activity, such as standing or walking and need a consistent energy source. The protein myoglobin stores oxygen in muscle cells, which use oxygen to extract the energy needed for constant activity. Myoglobin is a richly pigmented protein. The more myoglobin there is in the cells, the redder or darker, the meat is. Red meat is red because the muscle fibers that make up the bulk of the meat contain a high content of myoglobin, which are colored red. Myoglobin, a protein similar to hemoglobin in red blood cells, acts as a store for oxygen within the muscle fibers.

White meat is made up of muscles with fibers that are called fast fibers. Fast fibers muscles are used for quick bursts of activity, such as fleeing from danger. These muscles get energy from glycogen, which is also stored in the muscles. White meat as in fish has a translucent “glassy” quality when it is raw. Animal such as calf and pigs are also categorized as white meat. Veal meat is white because it is slaughtered after the calf been milk fed, approximately up to one year old. Pigs are lazy animal; they are not as active as cows, so their body contains more fat than any other animal. White meat is white because there is less usage in the muscle. Myoglobin content is low in these muscles. This is why chicken breast, pork and veal are slightly pink or white, before or after cooked. Fish is white because it lives in water and does not need to support its own body weight. Basically, there are no myoglobins in these muscles.

The difference between meat and fish muscle tissue is that there is no tough connective tissue between the muscles and bones.

Cows and pigs are both sources of dark meat, though pig is often called “the other white meat.” Pigs muscles do contain myoglobin, but the concentration is not as heavy as it is in beef. Chickens have a mixture of both dark and white meat, and fish is mainly white meat. Chicken spend a lot of time walking around and standing. Their thigh and leg muscles are used constantly, so the meat from these parts is slightly darker than its breast. Since they rarely fly, and then only for very short distances, the meat that comes from the breast and wings is white. In contrast, wild birds such as ducks fly a lot; the meat from their breasts and wings is dark. Same goes with their legs, as they use them for swimming.

Cows spend a lot of time standing, walking and so their muscles are constantly being used. Therefore, beef has a fairly high concentration of myoglobin and is dark red. Pigs also can spend quite a bit of time standing and roaming around. The pink color of pork is due to myoglobin, but because the animals used for pork and veal are young and small, their muscles are less developed and do less work. Therefore, pigs and calf have a lower concentration of myoglobin in their muscles than cows. The only similarity between these four animals is that they are mammals on land. Fish float in water and do not need constant muscle energy to support their skeletons. Most fish meat is white, with some red meat around the fins and tail, which is used for swimming. The pink colored of some fish, such as wild salmon and trout, is due to astaxanthin, a naturally occurring pigment in the crustaceans they eat. Fish such as sharks and tuna has a dark or red flesh because it contains more myoglobin as they are fast swimmers and a

migratory fish.

Juiciness and tenderness are two very important factors when it comes to meat quality. Both factors are influenced by the cut of meat and how long the meat is cooked. The more a muscle is used, the stronger and therefore tougher, the cut of meat will be. In contrast, the longer meat is cooked, the more liquid it loses and the tougher it becomes. Factors that also influence tenderness and juiciness are: The animal’s age at slaughter, the amount of fat and collagen (connective tissue) contained in particular cuts and to a small degree, brining.

Collagen is a long, stiff protein that is the most prevalent protein in mammals. It’s made up of three separate molecules composed of amino acid chains, twisted around each other, something like the way fibers are twisted around each other to form a rope. This structure is what makes the collagen so strong; this strength is also what makes it more difficult to break down. The more collagen there is in a piece of meat, the tougher it is to cut and to chew. Skin is mostly collagen, as are the tendons that connect muscles to bones. For cuts that are high in collagen, cooking with methods that use slow, moist heat, such as stewing or braising, are the best. Collagen is soluble in water and when it is cooked slowly with moist heat, it becomes gelatin.

Collagen can be less tough by slicing up the meat into smaller pieces, which makes the fiber smaller and easier to break apart. Weight-bearing muscles and muscles that are constantly used contain higher amounts of collagen than muscles that aren’t used for support or aren’t used as frequently. Cows and pigs have higher amounts of collagen in the legs, chest, and rump. Pork is generally more tender than beef, because pigs are usually slaughtered at a younger age than cows and so their muscles are less developed and have less collagen than those of cows.

Fish muscles are quite different from those in mammals. Fish float in water and so don’t need muscle to support their weight. Their muscle fiber are very short called myotomes and are held together by connective tissue called myocammata, which is much more delicate than collagen and breaks down much more easily when cooked. The only muscles that most fish use extensively are around the tail and fins (areas that aren’t eaten as often by humans), which are used for constant cruising around in the water. Once caught, (dead) fish are stored in an ice room with standing temperature of 1-3°C.

Farouk Othman
http://www.articlesbase.com/home-improvement-articles/understanding-meats-why-red-meat-is-red-and-why-white-meat-is-white-63616.html

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Posted by mark - March 10, 2017 at 10:26 am

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Grilling is Great for Parties

In today’s market you have many grill choices to choose from, some grills are sophisticated high tech, use charcoal or use natural gas grills and call these grills have the equivalent power of kitchen oven or stovetop. All grills come in many different sizes, metals and shapes and they have many different features these features depends on the manufacture. Of course the primary purpose of the gas grill is for outdoor cooking, which would normally be meat or poultry and some people cook vegetables. The dimensions and weight of the barbecue grill need to be taken into account because you need the ability to adjust the grill when needed, plus you should check to see what type of cooking features the grill has.

Natural gas grills are all the craze in outdoor cooking, and it isn’t surprising why. When looking for the best grill for yourself make sure you shop around and all the stores and online to find the best price and the best quality grill, there are many out there so do your research. If you like hamburgers, steaks or hotdogs on the grill then an outdoor grill is perfect item to purchase.

There are many debates about the which is better charcoal or grill, many like the taste of the charcoal grill because it gives the food a distinct taste while the gas grill is clean burning and does not add additional taste to the food. During the winter months all you can think about is cooking on the grill and eating a great big juicy steak and having fun with all your friends while everyone congregates around the barbeque grill. The gas grill is ideal for cooks with little or no experience with outdoor cooking.

A gas grill can be quite easy to maintain and the grill will make many occasions fun and festive. By cooking meats, fish and many other foods on the grill this leads many peoples spirits to be raised just because they are cooking on grill. Many times the entire party revolves around grill cooking, get a grill that is reliable and each time you use it you will not be sorry.

Many barbecue purists argue that charcoal gives the food a better taste than the gas grills. There have been many tests conducted during the life of the barbecue, which is better the charcoal

When choosing a grill the type of features and the styles are up to you style of taste, but when choosing the grill make sure it is the correct size and the right shape, because where you place the grill is very important because of the smoke that it lets off. When shopping for a grill you need to look at certain criteria like the right BTU and the correct size and style, you will need to make sure that the grill fits your needs, this can be challenging. There are many features that vary like the number of burners, the amount of space needed for cooking the size of the grill, the other thing to look for is the materials used to build the grill.

David Marc Fishman
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Posted by mark - March 3, 2017 at 6:56 am

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Healthy ho fan beef noodles recipe (حلال)

Not only is this recipe great because it cuts down on the fat by griddling – not frying – the meat, you also get to regulate how you like your steak done by cooking it first. It’s really important to use a good-quality oyster sauce because this is the base flavour. Also, remember the secret to stir-frying is to have all your ingredients prepared before you start.

Serves 2
Ready in 20 minutes
Ingredients
The noodle dish

* 100g wide rice noodles
* 200g lean sirloin steak, trimmed of all fat
* Olive oil spray
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 1 teaspoon olive oil
* 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
* 2cm knob of ginger, peeled and finely shredded
* 3 spring onions, cut in half widthways then lengthways through the middle
* 10 small shiitake mushrooms, 5 large ones cut in half
* 100g tenderstem broccoli, sliced lengthways through the middle
* 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
* 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced
* 1 red chilli, sliced

The sauce

* 3 tablespoons premium oyster sauce
* 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Method: How to cook healthy ho fan beef noodles

1. Boil the kettle. Place the rice noodles in a large bowl, pour over the boiled water and cover with clingfilm. Leave for five minutes or until tender.

2. Drain and rinse under cold water to prevent them sticking together (they will heat up again when you add them to the stir-fry).

3. Heat a griddle pan until smoking. Spritz the steak with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

4. Place the steak onto the griddle pan and grill for one to two minutes on each side. This will give you a nice medium-rare steak.

5. If you like it more or less cooked, change the cooking time accordingly, but remember that when you add the steak to the stir-fry it will cook a little more.

6. Remove from heat and leave to rest for five minutes. Slice thinly widthways.

7. To make the sauce, mix the ingredients together with a splash of water.

8. Heat a wok. Add the olive oil and throw in the garlic, ginger, spring onion, shiitake mushrooms, broccoli and peppers and stir-fry for two minutes.

9. Pour over the sauce, and add the noodles and steak. Give it a big stir until combined and serve topped with the chilli.

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Posted by mark - March 2, 2017 at 6:21 am

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