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Title: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: StinkyPete on September 06, 2016, 06:52:00 AM
Now that I have your attention...

I generally refrain from posting anything of value, but this was too good to pass up. Until I saw this video, I was like so many others where I cleaned, trimmed, and sliced the ab, then pounded each piece until it became rubbery, and then cooked the super thin strips, which takes forever and is a pain in the a$$.

Thanks to this video, those days are over. I tried this method out the other day, and was cutting the ab up into 1/2" thick pieces within minutes of starting the process. It had the consistency of chicken thighs once it was done. Instead of using a pant-leg, I just put the ab in a vacuum sealed bag. If you were out camping, you could probably do a redneck vacuum seal on a ziplock bag and it would work just as well.

Anyhow, if you haven't seen it before, enjoy. Oh, and make sure to watch both parts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqA8dMlPaF8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqA8dMlPaF8)

-StinkyPete
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: oldmanfishing on September 06, 2016, 07:40:23 AM
I've been tempted but afraid I would ruin it.... You sold on it ? I'm going try it with my next ab 👍
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: StinkyPete on September 06, 2016, 08:18:30 AM
I've been tempted but afraid I would ruin it.... You sold on it ? I'm going try it with my next ab 👍

I am totally and completely sold on it. I wish I had taken pictures of the abalone stir-fry I made afterwards. The chunks of abalone in it were big enough that you would have looked at them and said, "No way that isn't going to taste like eating a shoe". Also, this method doesn't make the pieces look like horrible like when you hammer the crap out of them.

It's a game changer for those who haven't tried it.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: Slamson on September 06, 2016, 02:37:15 PM
I've tried it! I recommend trying it if you haven't. Waayyy less work and you taste more meat rather than whatever you're frying it with.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: the_derek on September 06, 2016, 03:40:56 PM
+1, I've done this, the edges sometimes get a little soft, and I've broken a few abs in half with this method.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: oldmanfishing on September 06, 2016, 05:03:33 PM
Cool I sliced n battered 5 large abs by myself to feed an army awhile back and by the time I was done I was ready to sell my gear and take up golfing... Last 2 day trip I just took 1 a day and was hesitant on that😂😂
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: _MikeM_ on September 06, 2016, 09:16:50 PM
It's a game changer for those who haven't tried it.

I saw this video about a year ago and it changed my whole attitude about preparing abalone! I wasn't sure it would work when I first tried it but boy was I happy when it did. I won't go back to pounding each slice. Try it if you haven't!

I baked a whole ab in a white wine garlic cream sauce (with mushrooms) after tenderizing using this method. It came out fork tender and was delicious although really rich.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: dank on September 07, 2016, 04:18:46 PM
The best part about this method, besides the time savings, is that there is so much less waste.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: Malibu_Two on September 07, 2016, 04:51:24 PM
Does it freeze well if you use this method?
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: ryang85 on September 07, 2016, 07:26:40 PM
wrapping it with a towel and hitting it with a 2 by 4 has a similar effect to this.  it's a lot easier
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: maodiver on September 08, 2016, 10:56:36 AM
This guy and his "you have been doing it wrong" quotes,  tho. 

I guarantee the mantle will be seriously chewy with this method...
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: Jacks Diving on September 14, 2016, 07:26:07 AM
Let it slowly die in the refrigerator BEFORE TRYING TO SCHUCK IT!   Try it if you don't beleive me, tis the most tender way
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: the_derek on September 14, 2016, 11:36:22 AM
Let it slowly die in the refrigerator BEFORE TRYING TO SCHUCK IT!   Try it if you don't beleive me, tis the most tender way

i thought they got tense as they died. Do you still pound or just let die & cut up?
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: naturalSelection on September 14, 2016, 12:26:26 PM
If you let the abalone die in the refer it will be easier to shuck and will be a bit more tender in my experience, but its still necessary to pound it, or beat it over the concrete in a pant leg, or club it with a 2x4, or hang it up as a penata and let your kids do the work.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: ryang85 on September 14, 2016, 12:58:20 PM
If you let the abalone die in the refer it will be easier to shuck and will be a bit more tender in my experience, but its still necessary to pound it, or beat it over the concrete in a pant leg, or club it with a 2x4, or hang it up as a penata and let your kids do the work.
  that's all there is too it, letting the abs soak in freshwater kills them usualy within 10 minutes. ( not going to get into the biology of it)  then you can choose your beating method.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: the_derek on September 14, 2016, 04:37:46 PM
If you let the abalone die in the refer it will be easier to shuck and will be a bit more tender in my experience, but its still necessary to pound it, or beat it over the concrete in a pant leg, or club it with a 2x4, or hang it up as a penata and let your kids do the work.
  that's all there is too it, letting the abs soak in freshwater kills them usualy within 10 minutes. ( not going to get into the biology of it)  then you can choose your beating method.

does verbal abuse work?
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: Rob102 on September 14, 2016, 09:14:21 PM
Let it slowly die in the refrigerator BEFORE TRYING TO SCHUCK IT!   Try it if you don't beleive me, tis the most tender way

That only works because your abalone are so tiny. You could set one of my shells on your abalone and it would probably split your ab.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: dogpaddle on September 14, 2016, 09:35:57 PM
The only way that I found that works "the best" is give it away to some one who will cook it for you. I find all other methods are to much work.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: ryang85 on September 14, 2016, 09:51:58 PM
If you let the abalone die in the refer it will be easier to shuck and will be a bit more tender in my experience, but its still necessary to pound it, or beat it over the concrete in a pant leg, or club it with a 2x4, or hang it up as a penata and let your kids do the work.
  that's all there is too it, letting the abs soak in freshwater kills them usualy within 10 minutes. ( not going to get into the biology of it)  then you can choose your beating method.

does verbal abuse work?


Most abs I've yelled at died at some point, usually because they clamp onto the rock before I get my bar in and I'm cursing at it underwater till it breaks free and its feeling are hurt  so bad it gives up, so verbal abuse may be something to experiment with on land.   10 pounds of pissed off abalone stuck to a rock fighting against 160 pounds of me always is a fierce subsurface battle.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: jjjjeremy on September 15, 2016, 08:19:48 AM
I'm all for this method.  Don't know how it works, but it does.  You just have to be careful that you don't split the ab by pounding it too hard.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: Rob102 on September 15, 2016, 03:43:56 PM
I'm all for this method.  Don't know how it works, but it does.  You just have to be careful that you don't split the ab by pounding it too hard.

I don't mind if it splits. Actually I don't stop until it splits. 
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: Adam415 on September 15, 2016, 05:36:26 PM
Let it slowly die in the refrigerator BEFORE TRYING TO SCHUCK IT!   Try it if you don't beleive me, tis the most tender way

That only works because your abalone are so tiny. You could set one of my shells on your abalone and it would probably split your ab.

Hope you guys are wearing your tall boots. The BS is rolling in thick.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: Rob102 on September 15, 2016, 08:26:19 PM
Let it slowly die in the refrigerator BEFORE TRYING TO SCHUCK IT!   Try it if you don't beleive me, tis the most tender way

That only works because your abalone are so tiny. You could set one of my shells on your abalone and it would probably split your ab.

Don't be a hater Adam

Hope you guys are wearing your tall boots. The BS is rolling in thick.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: StinkyPete on September 15, 2016, 08:53:35 PM
Let it slowly die in the refrigerator BEFORE TRYING TO SCHUCK IT!   Try it if you don't beleive me, tis the most tender way

That only works because your abalone are so tiny. You could set one of my shells on your abalone and it would probably split your ab.

Hope you guys are wearing your tall boots. The BS is rolling in thick.

In this crowd and at I'm 5'9", I'm always in my tall boots.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: Jacks Diving on November 02, 2016, 04:16:54 PM
Ive never had to beat the ab... just let it slowly die and trim it well. Sometimes if I dont want to trim it so much, Ill just lightly pound the edges of each slice.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: John on November 02, 2016, 04:52:44 PM
I used to slice it 1/4" and pound each slice until you could see daylight through it,  then I discovered the whole pounding method and started trying to get 3/4", most tender steaks. But now I like a little "tooth" to the meat so my current favorite is to just pound it whole for a little while and cook it in chunks with a good sauce.
Title: Re: The best way to tenderize your meat
Post by: Diver Dan on November 04, 2016, 06:21:08 AM
Nice to see a video of that technique. My friend told me about it years ago. He basically said, "Ya, toss an ab inside the cut off leg of an old pair of jeans and slam it on the pavement a few times until it softens up." So I did the sew one end closed and swing it over the shoulder thing. It didn't work out so well. I'll for sure try this! If the water ever settles down.