Microbial Transglutaminase system: Applications and Clever Ideas

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BACON PORTIONING
RESTRUCTURED RIBS
BUTCHERY STEAKS

Here are some of the war stories of the success of the combination of the use of the Draven grid system and Transglutaminase from producers around the world.  We feature three today, but many more will be added in the weeks and months to come.

BACON PORTIONING

Besides the increase in production and slicing yields and portion control, elaborated on in the main article, the system ensures that all products fit 100% in the packaging.  Here are the pics.

 

Here is an example of the belly that was done in the Draven Grid system.  Due to the expense of Transglutaminase and the fact that tests have shown that water activity is not reduced by its use, we don’t use it with belly.  Trials in other plants have shown that belly can effectively be fused for slicing without TG using the Draven grid system.

 

 

The packaging is done in the Woody’s factory in Cape Town.

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RESTRUCTURED RIBS

Restructuring ribs is something that a friend from the USA suggested and it works amazing!  The same basic formula is used of the Draven Grid system with Transglutaminase and the special wax paper.

Here are some pictures of the final product.  Look how meaty it is.  We steam cooked it to 80 deg C in the grids.  Then we marinated them, vacuumed them in bags and cooked them in boiling water for another 4 hours.  The meat literally fell off the bone!

 

Cold setting ribs:  Restructuring meat onto belly ribs – here we cold set it (i.e. NO heat treatment).  We added meat back on the rib, wrapped it in treated paper and into the Draven Grid.  Left for 12 hours in the chiller and evaluated.  Results were amazing!  Boud very rightly.   Tonight we are grilling it on a BBQ fire to see how well the “bind” holds.  Results will be reported in the course of the weekend.

 

Many more rib photos to follow.

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BUTCHERY STEAKS

At Woody’s we also cut the bacon in thicker steak’s and offer it as a butchery-range option.  Here are some of these products.  The lean leg below is made from the topside that is trimmed clean and restructured in the Draven Grids.

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Lean Leg Steak

 

The process can be seen here:    YouTube-logo-full_color

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For more information, comments or application suggestions, mail me at ebenvt@gmail.com or contact Draven directly.

This is an addendum to a collaboration article which deals the restructuring of whole meat muscles using a combination of Transglutaminase and a grid system.

The article is  Restructuring of whole muscle meat with Microbial Transglutaminase – a holistic and collaborative approachRestructuring of whole muscle meat with Microbial Transglutaminase – a holistic and collaborative approach.

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