Todays offering comes once again, from a question I get asked ALL the time.
I was over at my friends’ house for dinner a couple of weeks ago and my buddy asked, “Hey Dougie … can you write a post that explains what “denuded” means?
Well Steveo … here ya go buddy …
If you look up the actual definition of denuded, it doesn’t automatically refer to meat.
It will say something like “without natural or usual covering.” So, this could refer to anything from a bald head, to a spot on your lawn, devoid of grass.
In the case of meat however, … it’s pretty much the same thing.
If all the “natural” fat covering, Silver skin or veins have been removed, then this particular piece of meat is considered to be “denuded.”
Ok so, let’s recap:
Anything labeled as “denuded” when referring to meat in your Butcher’s counter, means that he has removed ALL the “natural” covering. being the fat, sinew, silver skin, veins … EVERYTHING.
Now here’s the part that will probably make you reconsider actually buying that piece of meat … it’s BRUTALLY expensive!
The butcher has taken a fair bit of time to completely “clean” this piece of meat for you AND … he has also incurred a loss in that, he hasn’t sold YOU all that “extra” weight.
So, … guess what? He makes up for his “loss” by charging a LOT more for the denuded piece.
The moral of the story folks is, … buy the whole primal, whether its a Tenderloin, Striploin, Ribeye, Outside round … whatever, and “clean” it yourselves.
The internet is an amazing resource for “how to” videos, and cutting your own meat at home is no exception.
Hopefully one of these days,… this old, non-tech savvy, butcher will venture into to world of video to help you even further … an old guy can dream right??
To my brother from another mother, Steve … I hope this helped you and, if not … put the beer in the fridge, give me a call, and I’ll be right over to give you a personal lesson.
That’s it for today Carnivores
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