Meat Tenderizer Uses

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#2: Make game meat less gamey.
As a prepper you've been stepping up on your hunting skills. For
the meat you bring home, remember meat tenderizer. M

A meat tenderizer will make any kind meat more tender. Imagine
the savings of cooking less expensive cuts of meat. A chuck steak
will come close to tasting like a porterhouse. And, no, it won't
tenderize your stomach, but it will enhance the taste of meat!

Rest assured that papain is the same digestive aid you'll find at
the pharmacy.

  • HOW TO USE: Moisten the surface of the meat, then
    sprinkle the meat tenderizer evenly on all sides of the meat.
    Cover and set the meat for a half an hour at room
    temperature to penetrate the meat before cooking.

#3: Meat Tenderizer for backaches
Reader's Digest says using neat tenderizer to ease backaches.
Rub a paste of meat tenderizer on your back muscles for soothing
relief and the enzymes will get to use easing your pain.

#4: Meat Tenderizer relieves bug bites and stings.
While not widely known, meat tenderizer has alternative uses as
first aid. It's an
analgesic of sorts with pain-numbing powers
available from your prepper's pantry (and not the medicine
cabinet). Meat tenderizer, which is an enzyme from pineapples, is
a folk remedy for treating a variety of ailments (using just water
and meat tenderizer):

  • Ant stings. For treament of fire ant stings, to relieve pain
    and itching, moisten the skin with water the sprinkle the
    meat tenderizer to zap and soothe the bites.

  • Chiggers. An itchy rash of a chigger bite is nothing to
    scratch at if you have meat tenderizer on hand. Chiggers are
    barely visible and you may need a magnifying glass to see
    them. While they produce a terrible itch, they thankfully
    aren't dangerous. If you don't have any calamine lotion,
    hydrocoritosone or anthistamine pills, use meat tenderizer!
    You can make a calming poultice to relieve the itching and

  • Bee and wasp stings. For some, a bee sting requires a trip
    to the ER, for others, they may be able to mitigate the pain
    with meat tenderizer. Meat tenderizer breaks down the venom.
    Benedryl is always a wise item to have in the first aid kit. If
    the patient has no allergic reaction, you can remove stinger
    without squeezing it, then use meat tenderizer, which has
    enzymes to help break down the proteins in the bee venom.
    It will take the pain away very quickly! To use meat
    tenderizer for easing bee stings, make a paste of by mixing

  • Mosquito bites. Ditch the itch of mosquito bites with meat
    tenderizer. Gently dab the paste on mosquito bites, allow to
    dry and then rub off the remains.

#5: Use meat tenderizer on burns.
Meat tenderizer helps heal burns. To use meat tenderizer to heal
burns, make a soothing paste. Meat tenderizer is the instant
relief that's just sitting in your pantry but belongs in your
medicine cabinet.

#6: Meat tenderizer soothes Jellyfish stings.
Mild symptoms of jellyfish stings include pain and skin reactions
such as redness and itching at the site of the sting. To treat with
meat tenderizer, first scrape the tentacles and slimy parts off the
skin using a towel, the irrigate the area with wet sand to help get
out the final remnants. Yes you can also urinate on the jellyfish
sting, but the meat tenderizer will not only detoxify, but also
soothe. Start by making a paste of meat tenderizer with salt
water  and applying it to help get the venom protein out of
jellyfish stings. Alternatively use meat tenderizer and rubbing
alcohol to make the paste.

#7: Get Poison Ivy relief with Meat Tenderizer.
Meat tenderizer is a home remedy for relief of poison ivy. The
first remedy is to wash the area with soap and water, which will
reduce rash severity. Making a paste of the meat tenderizer can
provide temporary soothing relief.

#8: Sooth Spider bites Using Meat Tenderizer.
Use meat tenderizer as a poultice for non-poisonous spider bites
to cut the itching.  If you have breathing problems, cramping or
nausea, seek medical attention immediately!

  • HOW TO USE: To use a meat tenderizer for first aid, make a
    poultice by mixing the meat tenderizer with warm water and
    making a paste to apply to the bite or sting. Keep area
    wrapped for 15-minutes or so. Never use hydrogen peroxide
    with meat tenderizer as the hydrogen peroxide will inactive
    the papain you apply.

  • Allergies: People who have allergies, such as bee allergies or
    latex allergies, or other sensitivities, should follow their
    normal protocol discussed with a physician before using a
    meat tenderizer for first aid. It's particularly important if you
    have latex allergies, to refrain from using meat tenderizer as
    a first aid because papain enzymes come from extracts in
    papaya. As with all things that have papaya as an
    ingredient, including cosmetics that contain papain, you will
    find a cross-reactive risk, according to the American Latex
    Allergy Association.

  • Sodium: Likewise, if you have issues with sodium, refrain
    from doing this. Meat tenderizers typically have a high-
    sodium content.

#9: Use Meat Tenderizer for Puppy Training.
Preppers who have puppies in training will enjoy this unusual use
of meat tenderizer: use meat tenderizer to deter your dog from
eating poop! Use of meat tenderizer will help them break the

Why do dogs eat their own fecal matter? Apparently, it's
instinctual for malnourished dogs to resort to eating partially
digested food in an attempt to meet their nutritional needs.

How do you use meat tenderizer for deterring your dog from
eating their own feces?

  • How to use meat tenderizer with dogs eating poop:
    Sprinkle it on their dog food! While meat tenderizer has no
    taste, you can form an association for dogs about

#10: Use Meat Tenderizer for Stain Removal.
Let nature do the work of disinfecting and cleaning up. The
enzymes of the powdered meat tenderizer can help devour the
dead, decomposing and inert material. Be sure to use unseasoned
meat tenderizer for the job of stain removal or you just may have
an ever bigger mess on your hands.

The active ingredient of meat tenderizer, Bromelain or Papain, is
an enzyme that not only breaks up protein bonds in meat, but
also breaks down the proteins in stains.

  • HOW TO USE: To use a meat tenderizer to remove a stain,
    activate the enzymes with water. Make a paste and rub into
    the spot. Allow the enzymes to work, at least an hour. Then  
    vacuum or rinse the stain away.

What kind of stains can you remove using a meat tenderizer?
  • Blood stains ~ hydrogen peroxide will also work
  • Menstrual fluid stains
  • Milk stains
  • Perspiration stains ~ a white vinegar will also work

What kinds of fabrics should you avoid?
You don't want to try this stain removal on fabrics comprised of
proteins, for example:
  • Not silk
  • Not wool

Be mindful that it's always best to test a portion of the fabric
before committing to the use of meat tenderizer as a stain
remover, because the active ingredient may cause holes or thin
the fibers.

What's the active ingredient of meat tenderizer?
Make sure to use an unseasoned meat tenderizer and look for the
active ingredients below. You don't want the other spices, which
may interfere with your use of a meat tenderizer for medicinal
purposes or stain removal.

There are two kinds of meat tenderizers:
  1. Bromelain ~ enzyme from pineapple. (Bromelain is a protein
    extract or proteolytic enzyme that comes from the stems of
  2. Papain ~ enzyme from papaya

Both are perfectly natural. While the active ingredient in meat
tenderizer―either bromelain or papain―have not been evaluated
by the Food and Drug Administration, many lifeguards and even
doctors swear by it.

  • Ingredients of McCormick's Unseasoned Meat
    Tenderizer: Salt, dextrose, bromelain (Tenderizer), and
    calcium silicate (added to make free flowing).

  • Ingredients of Adolph's Unseasoned Meat Tenderizer:
    Salt, sugar, corn starch (prevents caking and Bromelain
    (tenderizer). Adolph's has no MSG and no artificial colors or

What the experts have to say...

  • Phytobezoar resolution. Meat tenderizer can help relief
    Phytobezoar, a condition of trapped mass in the
    gastrointestinal system, which results in nausea, vomiting,
    gastric outlet obstruction, perforation, abdominal pain, and
    bleeding. According to an abstract published in the U.S.
    National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
    "Adolph's Meat Tenderizer appears to be a safe and effective
    treatment for patients with a phytobezoar." The abstract
    says to treat the bezoar, take "Adolph's Meat Tenderizer ~ 1
    teaspoonful in 8 oz of water before each meal for 7 days.

Don't have any meat tenderizer?
When you run out of meat tenderizer, here's how you can have
tasty meat.

Baking soda.
That baking soda can tenderize your meat is a hidden use, though
perhaps not for Chinese chefs. There are many Chinese recipes
that rely on
baking soda to tenderize meat.
Meat Tenderizer
Alternative uses of Meat Tenderizer

Weird prepping uses of meat tenderizer.
Meat tenderizer is something that belongs in the prepper's
medicine cabinet just as much as it belongs the prepper's pantry!
Who knew that meat tenderizer was the first aid solution for
insect stings, mosquito bites and even backaches? Meat
tenderizer is the relief sitting in your prepper's pantry, but there's
so much more you can do with meat tenderizer as a prepper.

Have another look at some of the weird alternative uses of meat
tenderizer below...

Weird Uses of Meat Tenderizer in Prepping
Add a powdered meat tenderizer to your list of preps. Not only
will you want to have it on hand to make meats more palatable
when the stuff really hits the fan, but it has medicinal and other

#1: Economic collapse.
Starting with the obvious, meat tenderizer can enhance texture of
cheap meats to make them more flavorful and responsive to
seasonings, sauces and grilling. Meat tenderizer is a staple for
cooks to tenderize meat for stir frying and more.

The day may come when meat won't be available or will be too
expensive. There are any number of reasons where meat
availability could come into question such as
economic collapse, a
political ban or drought.

Preppers have plenty of canned and freeze dried meat in the
prepper's pantry. You'll also prepare for  when the economy isn't
doing well, you can turn to meat tenderizer to turn

a cheap steak into something more delicious. With meat
tenderizer you can make the poor man's Filet Mignon! eat
tenderizer is a secret culinary trick to help improve the cheap
meats and likewise it will also help improve what you forage from
the land.
Above Livestrong, shares simple ways to tenderize your meat.

Happy endings...
Now you know all about the unusual pain-numbing power available
from the prepper's pantry (and not the medicine cabinet).

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