i submitted yesterday but i think tumblr ate it, boo!
this was in response to the hellhoundkin who needed cheap stuff (probably wanting meat particularly?) but it’s good for anyone who wants some meat that’s easy to add to foods
this stuff is freeze-dried shredded pork (or pork floss).
you can eat it straight by pinching it up, or adding it into food. i like mine in rice and instant noodles. sandwiches also go well with it. it has a LOT of flavor, so a little goes a long way. rehydrating is easy, just butter, oil or even water will work - but it’s good dry imo).
i think it’s about 4-6$ usually? you can get it at an asian grocery. (i get mine from my local H-mart)
If you can’t use a dehydrator, I’m guessing a smoker is also out of the question because those are even more expensive.
LUCKILY I found this super awesome method that uses an oven!
They don’t really talk about different marinades, though, but those can be easy to find. And they also make their strips pretty thin, so go ahead and play around with thicker stuff if you want.
The long and short of it is:
1) Trim meat of fat
2) Slice meat into strips
3) Marinate in chosen marinade
4) Line bottom of oven with foil (technically optional, though I’d recommend it)
5) Arrange slices on oven rack (it’s easier to remove the rack, arrange, then put the meat-covered rack back in)
6) Set your oven to as low as it will go, preferably between 140 and 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
7) Prop open the oven door with a WOODEN spoon, for air circulation
The batch will take between two and six hours, depending on thickness.
to the hellhoundkin asking about cheap stuff (and probably hoping for cheap meat):
if there’s an asian or chinese market anywhere near you, you can look for freeze dried shredded pork (also called pork floss). you can’t tear into it, so it doesn’t satisfy that, but it is meat, and you can add it to pretty much anything to get some meat flavor happening. i like mine in rice and instant noodles. it’s dry but you can add butter or oil or even just water to rehydrate it. you can also eat it straight (yum!).
the kind i get where i’m at looks like this: http://thetastyplate.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Dry-Pork.jpg
it usually costs about $4 to $6 but a little goes a long way
Made the meatloaf in a mug, with some extra sauce like that other dragon suggested, to make it extra-juicy. Added some rice drizzled with sweet-and-sour sauce, and you got a delightful meal (and a happy dragon with a full tummy).
hello friends, im an elfkin and i often come across the problem where i crave the texture/weight of meat, but get sick with guilt when i try to eat meat. to all the other elf/fae/any kinds of kin that also experience this struggle, i have found that cherries- the kinds with the pits in them- are a great substitute! theyre very “meaty” little guys, without the guilt factor.
ive also found that around these times, or the times when meat isnt such a guilt trip but i still rather have lighter foods, seafood is a godsend. things like salmon and shrimp are awesome when youre looking for lighter, “cleaner” foods while still getting the protein you need to remain healthy.
i also noticed, while sifting through the harry potter tag, a bit of a struggle to find savoury foods that are still wizardy. im not an expert on wizardkin, but i do live around the wizarding world of harry potter! these recipes arent going to be the exact ones they use at the parks, but here are some of the entrees/heavier foods that they serve at the leaky cauldron/three broomsticks!
- toad in the hole
- fish n chips
- beef, lamb, and guinness stew
- fish(erman’s) pie
- scotch eggs
- cottage pie
- chicken sandwich; … it’s really just.. a lightly crusted chicken breast with mayo and sun dried(??) tomatoes, but man it’s so good if i get the Real Recipe, i’ll definitely submit it.
there are more but they’re a bit generic- ribs, turkey legs, smoked chicken, but those above are decidedly the most british and harry potter-y. with the opening of the new park (july eighth), theres bound to be people trying to replicate the new candies and dishes as well so i’ll keep an eye out for those!
also, to my fellow earthkin, pumpkin juice is absolutely fantastic and relatively good for you. im embarrassingly addicted to the stuff- it tastes just like home.