Meat With Baking Soda?

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  1. czgr

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    Hello, new here.

    In my country we have a great meatball recipe where you mix some baking soda into the ground beef, then let it sit in the fridge for 12-24 hours, then shape into patties and cook (with more things added to the mix before making patties). I was wondering if this is a safe thing to do from Peat perspective (mixing meat with baking soda)? haidut may know this recipe as it is also a popular recipe in Balkan countries (Cevapi)
     
  2. Dave Clark

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    What does the baking soda do to the taste of the meat? I have heard of vinegar added to meat, I have added it to a pork/beef blend with Mexican spices and it livens up the flavors, I think chorizo may be made that way.
     
  3. Hans

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    Too much sodium bicarb can lower stomach acid and cause indigestion. Meat needs a very acidic environment to digest properly.
     
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    the amount is 10g baking soda per 1 kg of ground beef, is this enough to lower stomach acid? So if I eat 200 gr meatballs in one sitting I would get 2 gr baking soda with it.
     
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    It changes the texture and makes the meatballs very soft and bouncy/jiggly, the taste is hard to explain but it is very good
     
  6. Hans

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    I think that should be fine if your digestion is good to start with. The acid should neutralize that little bit. More than 5g might become an issue.
     
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    Baking Soda destroys nutrients when taken with food.

    Also it will lower stomach acid, which is a bad idea if you're consuming protein.
     
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    thank you!
     
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    that doesn’t sound good, anybody agree or disagree with SOMO? @Hans what do you think (about the destroying nutrients part)?
     
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    RP says that taking baking soda with protein meals slows digestion down for a few minutes.
     
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    I found this:

    “Turns out cooking food with baking soda (a.k.a. sodium bicarbonate) can indeed damage a number of nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin D, riboflavin, thiamin, and one essential amino acid. Yet it doesn’t hurt others, including vitamin A, vitamin B12, niacin, and folic acid.”

    I wonder which essential amino acid that is, I hope it’s tryptophan!:)
     
  12. ecstatichamster

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    baking soda this way assists browning. I would leave it out.
     
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    If someone is healthy and has sufficient stomach acid and pepsin, they MAY be able to get away with a bit of baking soda.

    But I, personally, feel I produce inadequate stomach acid and wouldn't want to take anything that might reduce it further, even temporarily.

    Proteins that escape the stomach and enter the intestines can be allergenic.
     
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    That's interesting, dear rodent.



     
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    Thank you Amazon!
     
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    Indigestion, lack of useful bicarbonate effect, the named Maillard browning thing and high Sodiumload makes it unattractive to me.
     
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