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Old 02-04-2006, 12:06 AM   #1
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Talking Used pre-marinated meat for the first time!

I used premarinated meat for the first time tonigh! I bought a piece of pre-marinated turkey loin and sliced it to use in my burrito.

I have to admit I have always been hesitant to use premarinated meat, just because my Mom never used it as a kid, so I consider it a new kitchen ingredient for me. I don't know if I will use it again. The cooked product turns out fine, tastes good. But I noticed that as I was slicing it, the meat was a lot softer than meat that has no pre-marinate in it.

I bought this meat last week and it comes vacum packed. The exparation on this piece of meat isn't til like Feb 20th. Sure does seem like a LONG time. Does anyone know why? Is it because it's vacum packed?

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Old 02-04-2006, 12:32 AM   #2
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I would say that your huntch is right, vacuum packing must be the reason why it's dated so far in advance. I don't buy these types of meat myself, but I do recall the exceptionally rare treat of marinated Hawaiian ribs when I was growing up, they were wonderful!
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Old 02-04-2006, 01:49 AM   #3
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Forgive my ignorance, but never heard the term pre-marinated before.

Googled, but got no answers as to what the term means.

And have never seen the stuff in our local groceries.

Would love to know what it is.

Thanks, and God bless.
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Old 02-04-2006, 02:16 AM   #4
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The marinated meats at our supermarkets are mostly pork tenderloins (the brand is Hormel) and if you read the ingredients, there are a ton of chemicals in the marinades...so I generally stay away from them.
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Forgive my ignorance, but never heard the term pre-marinated before.

Googled, but got no answers as to what the term means.

And have never seen the stuff in our local groceries.

Would love to know what it is.

Thanks, and God bless.
Hi Aunt Dot, don't worry at all, you're not "ignorant" for asking - as the saying goes, "you'll never learn if you don't ask"

Pre-marinated meat is meat/poultry (even fish or tufu) that comes in a package already dressed with a marinade (or sauce) or some sort. It is often vacuum sealed (but certainly not always) and can be cooked right from the package. The idea behind it being that you don't have to marinade the meat yourself as it's already done for you by the manufacturer. I hope this helps to answer your question
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Old 02-04-2006, 05:59 AM   #6
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Thank you so very much Piccolina for the explanation.
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Old 02-04-2006, 08:19 AM   #7
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I am guessing that there was a decent amount of salt in it as well. That might possibly contribute to the long exp date also.
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Old 02-04-2006, 08:41 AM   #8
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Forgive my ignorance, but never heard the term pre-marinated before.

Googled, but got no answers as to what the term means.

And have never seen the stuff in our local groceries.

Would love to know what it is.

Thanks, and God bless.
this is Hormel's site. They have several flavors, lemon, terriaki, bbq, etc...
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Old 02-04-2006, 08:57 AM   #9
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I have had the turkey tenderloin one time and it was good/acceptable. Do not overcook it--but of course, it needs to be "done".
On the whole, marinated meats are shot full of "stuff" which I think turns the meat mushy. Better to buy the naked product and do it yourself.
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Old 02-04-2006, 10:24 AM   #10
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Wouldn't this meat get softer and softer the longer you kept it (assuming you kept it to the expiration date)? I thought long-term immersion of meat in a marinade breaks down the protein strands and the longer its in the marinade, the mushier the meat gets.

Is this marinade somehow injected into the meat, or is it like you'd do at home, surrounding the meat?
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