Originally Posted by jpe
OK - please let me be stubborn
Dry meats - salum types etc - that's one bag. (and they even usually have added NO2/NO3 - great for (people) longebity
But what about the 'processes' for ageing beef - what about that green and blue gunk they strip off - what is known about health consequences. Lye or any other chemical is not going down into the porous meat and modifying molds so they 'safe' - or what? - I've been looking for a few years for details but get none - to be sure I will be calling Finnish 'FDA-type' agency next week.
Geez I heard a thousand 'more doctors smoke Camels' ads as a kid too - and my mother was scooping aflatoxin off the top of strawberry jam - but what about NOW?
Dry aging meats is simply storing meats in a climate controlled, humidity controlled, and even light controlled environment. Adding lye is NOT a component of dry aging beef. Dry aging is just that, DRY aging. The "color" parts mainly lay in the fat caps, chains/rails that are simply trimmed off, and of no real health concern at that point. More often than not, you will find that the BEST quality steaks, not only involve what cut they are, but how they are aged.
Nitrates that are involved in Salum are simply there to keep the color from turning off, and inhibit HARMFUL bacteria. They can be found in everything from American style Hot Dogs, to bologna. Some of the myths have been disproved, similar the the myths of using MSG.
Lye, as for all I know with food, is used in the production of grits/hominy. NOT dry aged beef.
I am sure that the Finnish FDA will be more helpful.
As for now, well, we KNOW smokes to be NOT glorious, and "healthy", at all! As for the aflatoxin, that may have been there due to shotty canning procedures/pasteurization, and like everything else, times have changed. It is worth noting though, mom may have been helping in keeping your immune system up and fighting off things. Just like local honey is good for fighting local allergies, being exposed to local molds and such help you fight off those same, exact molds.