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What gives some red meats that horrific "smell/aftertaste"??

Hi Greg, One thing is for sure - its a mystery what is causing this particular flavour. I have spent years trying to work it out. I have eaten all kinds of meat without it, (never tasted it eating Argentine meat), but now unfortunately most Australian meat seems to have it. Lamb, often has it for me. The only meat that seems to consistently not have it is Woolworths Organic Mince. It has a slight smell when cooking but I find I can make bolognese and no taste, even taco's meat filling, no taste. Usually I can taste it despite the sauces etc. Most of their other meat does have that flavour, and worse than most butchers. With butchers, one week a particular butchers meat will be great, next week disgusting. I'm sorry I can't be of more help, but I do hope the reason is uncovered one day, as I too gravitate toward Chicken and fish now, and really miss my steaks. As I mentioned, try the mince and see if it works for you, I would stay well away from Roo (if you meant that seriously), as I once tried to cook it for my dog (bought from Woolies) and it was the absolute worst case of this smell EVER. I almost threw up, just from starting to cook the meat, and could smell it for weeks in my house despite opening windows etc. Cheers, Jane-Alicia

Jul 10, 2012
janealicia in General Topics

What gives some red meats that horrific "smell/aftertaste"??

Hi there... From what you have described, I think I experience the exact same problem. All my life I have always been a big meat eater, including beef and lamb. My mother at times would complain about a smell and taste that I couldn't smell or taste at the time, but over the years has become apparent. It got really bad when I was pregnant, and now I notice it so much that often I just cant eat the meat. When I start cooking it I can smell it distinctly now, sometimes stronger than other times, and I know that I wont be able to eat it if it has that smell, as it will have "that" flavour. I am sorry to say I have no idea what it is. I notice it most with supermarket meat. I have never noticed it with organic mince (have not tried any other cut or type of organic meat) and I very much doubt it is anything to do with being grass fed as I have eaten a lot of meat in Argentina, as I have family there, and all the meat there is grass fed, and it is fantastic - and has never had that smell or flavour. In fact I don't think it has ever happened with meat that I have specifically bought as grass fed ( I buy grass fed as it has much more flavour and is better for cooking an Argentinean asado bbq) even here in Australia. I would love to know if you found out what it is. I suspect it may be some sort of preservative or additive. Cheers

Jul 30, 2009
janealicia in General Topics