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Incise some meats before cooking


Incise some meats before cooking
Have you ever had this rather unpleasant phenomenon: you grill a meat, a pork chop or a veal cutlet for example, and during cooking it becomes completely deformed?

It takes a very strange shape, a bit difficult to describe, a sort of cone around the central area of the meat, which also hinders the cooking process.
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Last modified on: June 19th 2021

Incise some meats before cooking

What happened?

This painful phenomenon is related to the structure of the piece of meat, if you look at the picture of these 2 chops, the blue arrows are framing the most fleshy part (the "nut" in French).

pork chop



And the nut is surrounded by a fairly thin, white ring, which is a much fattier part of the meat.
During cooking, especially if it is quick, this fatty part will shrink, without breaking or cutting, and thus contract the nut, hindering its cooking, not great...

What to do to avoid this?

This is fortunately quite simple, just cut the fatty part, incise it in at least 1 place.

cotelette incision of the ring


A good sharp knife cut the ring (in this picture in 2 different places), and this way you are sure that, when cooking, your piece of meat will remain flat.

Note that this applies mainly to meats like chops, cutlets, or even steak, but more generally to any piece of meat that is a bit flat and you're worried about it shrinking.


To summarize: To avoid deformation when cooking a piece of meat, slit it around the nut.

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