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Copperhedzkettle

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Lemon juice cooks meat? Mon, 08/22/05 3:22 PM (permalink)
I am curious as to how lemon juice cooks meat (or at least chicken) while marinating in the Fridge. It would be beneficial for me to know how long to marinate and how much cooking is going on in order to serve fresh fried chicken on a moments notice. I can of course experiment, but I thought I would ask.

'Preciate It
CK
 
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    Willly

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    RE: Lemon juice cooks meat? Mon, 08/22/05 3:35 PM (permalink)
    It doesn't cook it. It reacts with the proteins and firms up the flesh. It is in no way cooked, except for the fact that most food-borne bacteria don't like highly acidic environments. Additionally, highly acidic marinades will eventually denature the proteins and the meat will become grainy and crumbly. In any event, there is no such a thing as a marinade that will cut your cooking time.
     
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      efuery

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      RE: Lemon juice cooks meat? Mon, 08/22/05 3:39 PM (permalink)
      The acids in the lemon juice denature the proteins in the meat in the same way that applying heat does. As for time frames... I can't help you there.

      This method is typically used to "cook" fish and shellfish. The same pricipal is typically applied to meats in marinades where the acidic ingredient (citrus juice, vinegar, cola) acts as a tenderizer and the meats are usually cooked over heat after marinading. I do not know if you can "ccok" meats (beef, chicken) exclusively in lemon juice or if the heat is neecessary to kill harmful bacteria. Perhaps someonle else will know?
       
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        Copperhedzkettle

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        RE: Lemon juice cooks meat? Mon, 08/22/05 3:51 PM (permalink)
        I was particularly interested in chicken. The recipe calls for marinating in lemon juice (doesn't say how long, except to say NOT TOO LONG) and then breasts can be safely deep-fried just to the point of golden brown, which beats the usual 45 mins (inna skillet), was supposedly 7-8 mins.

        CK
        Thanx so much Willly & efuery
         
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          Copperhedzkettle

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          RE: Lemon juice cooks meat? Mon, 08/22/05 3:56 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by Copperhedzkettle

          I was particularly interested in chicken. The recipe calls for marinating in lemon juice (doesn't say how long, except to say NOT TOO LONG) and then breasts can be safely deep-fried just to the point of golden brown, which beats the usual 45 mins (in a skillet), was supposedly 7-8 mins.

          CK
          Thanx so much Willly & efuery

           
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            efuery

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            RE: Lemon juice cooks meat? Mon, 08/22/05 4:20 PM (permalink)
            After a while you will notice the meat start to turn white, as though it were cooking. Maybe that is what they mean by "too long"?
             
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              Copperhedzkettle

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              RE: Lemon juice cooks meat? Mon, 08/22/05 4:34 PM (permalink)
              quote:
              Originally posted by efuery

              After a while you will notice the meat start to turn white, as though it were cooking. Maybe that is what they mean by "too long"?

              Good Call!
              I think that when it first starts turning white ya gotta yank it.
              I am also "thinking" (God help us) that Lemon' kills the bad bac.....and the cooking time is less. That's the reason we cook it to begin with, right? (besides taste, the cavemen noticed his constituents dyin from raw meat)

              CK
              PS Now where I gonna find a Guinea Pig?
               
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                Scallion1

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                RE: Lemon juice cooks meat? Mon, 08/22/05 5:29 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by Copperhedzkettle

                quote:
                Originally posted by efuery

                After a while you will notice the meat start to turn white, as though it were cooking. Maybe that is what they mean by "too long"?

                Good Call!
                I think that when it first starts turning white ya gotta yank it.
                I am also "thinking" (God help us) that Lemon' kills the bad bac.....and the cooking time is less. That's the reason we cook it to begin with, right? (besides taste, the cavemen noticed his constituents dyin from raw meat)

                CK
                PS Now where I gonna find a Guinea Pig?


                You gonna marinate a guinea pig??

                 
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                  Copperhedzkettle

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                  RE: Lemon juice cooks meat? Mon, 08/22/05 5:35 PM (permalink)
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by Scallion1

                  quote:
                  Originally posted by Copperhedzkettle

                  quote:
                  Originally posted by efuery

                  After a while you will notice the meat start to turn white, as though it were cooking. Maybe that is what they mean by "too long"?

                  Good Call!
                  I think that when it first starts turning white ya gotta yank it.
                  I am also "thinking" (God help us) that Lemon' kills the bad bac.....and the cooking time is less. That's the reason we cook it to begin with, right? (besides taste, the cavemen noticed his constituents dyin from raw meat)

                  CK
                  PS Now where I gonna find a Guinea Pig?


                  You gonna marinate a guinea pig??



                  Who knows? Does it tast like chicken?????
                  Bwa-hahahahhahahahahha

                  CK
                   
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                    tiki

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                    RE: Lemon juice cooks meat? Mon, 08/22/05 6:30 PM (permalink)
                    My dear old Italian "Ma" told me thats where you get Italion pork chops and Porketta!!!---true story---and Ma could COOK!--so i believe her!
                     
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                      Scallion1

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                      RE: Lemon juice cooks meat? Tue, 08/23/05 8:01 AM (permalink)


                      Who knows? Does it tast like chicken?????
                      Bwa-hahahahhahahahahha


                      So what happened to Caramel Copper?
                       
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                        dreamzpainter

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                        RE: Lemon juice cooks meat? Tue, 08/23/05 3:17 PM (permalink)
                        Ive "cooked" shrimp in lemon juice type marinades but never chicken, but then Ive also "cooked" fresh shrimp wrapped in a piece of tinfoil laying on the boats deck or tower ( ya can't use it ALL for bait ya know!)
                         
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                          hefried

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                          RE: Lemon juice cooks meat? Tue, 08/23/05 7:21 PM (permalink)
                          some people marinate chicken in buttermilk which is also highly acidic to " tenderize/flavorize" chicken . Since it's less acidic than lemon juice, i imagine, i've seen recipies that marinate chicken overnight in buttermilk , and it turns out great.
                           
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                            Michael Hoffman

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                            RE: Lemon juice cooks meat? Tue, 08/23/05 7:34 PM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by Scallion1



                            Who knows? Does it tast like chicken?????
                            Bwa-hahahahhahahahahha


                            So what happened to Caramel Copper?


                            She was disappeared.
                             
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                              Michael Hoffman

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                              RE: Lemon juice cooks meat? Tue, 08/23/05 7:35 PM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Copperhedzkettle
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                              Who knows? Does it tast like chicken?????
                              Bwa-hahahahhahahahahha

                              CK


                              Actually, it tastes like American-made prociutto. That's not good.
                               
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