Originally Posted by jpe
I still would wonder about the health consequences (re mold) of aged beef having been originally COVERED with all that gunk. Raw meat is certainly not solid.
As for uncooked fish - I brought that up because a friend was going to give me some 'maustekala' that he made but found it covered with mold some days after preparation and gave it a toss. (Maustekala is a spice-marinated 'raw fish' )
If someone wants to experience ROTTEN raw fish - give a try of this Swedish delicacy - Surströmming -
Surströmming - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lol, even the can comes bloated, and my Grand mother adored them mixed with potato, sour cream and onion. Prepared not too unlike a blintz, but every year when she opened them, I, along with a majority of us "young" people, had to leave.
Certain molds/cultures, are an essential component to many foods we love.
A lot of people forget that modern refrigeration is still a new technology for a lot of the world. Also, certain exposure helps keep the immune system in check and our system able to handle things.
No food is "solid", some food may be more dense, but NO food is solid, period. Fresh should be eaten fresh. Unless the intent is to cure/dry age/preserve, than there are steps in place to support the amount of mold and the process it self. Moldy food has been around a LOT longer than food from a fridge. Mold plays an important role in food, always has, and always will. . .good or bad.
Curing and dry ageing, along with cheese making, are all done under a watchful eye, and is a process that is done with a lot of detail and time honored technique. I am not gonna pop open the fridge, grab a green steak and have at it, nor would I a grab a fuzzy grey mold covered baguette and go to town. . .and, dispute ethic heritage/world cuisine, spoiled seafood is just that, spoiled seafood. There is a reason your nose is where it is on your face, and that is to stop spoiled crap from entering your pie hole, lol.
Some meats can e trimmed. Cheese, for the most part, can be trimmed(unless it is ammonia like and a soft cheese), hell, even some breads can be cleaned up a wee bit. Seafood, I do NOT monkey with.