Although silver skin is perfectly fine to eat, it is hard to chew when cooked. It gives an annoying texture to the meat and feels like chewing gum. You need to remove the silver skin precisely for great textured meat and get most of the juicy part.
Removing all the silver skin needs specific skills and control over the knife. At first, I faced difficulty doing so and messed up the meat. I have mastered the skill by doing it for a long time for my restaurant.
And from experience, I think it will be easy for a beginner if he knows the 4 correct steps to do it regardless of any skill on the knife or not. Know I will describe the steps on “how to remove silver skin from the meat.”
Remove Sliver Skin in 4 Easy Steps
The things you will need for this process are:
- 1 big flat chopping board.
- 1 thin sharp knife with a pointy tip.
The steps to follow for removing silver skin from meat:
Make Sure the Stability of Your Chopping Board
First, place the chopping board on a flat surface like your kitchen table. Make sure to wash the chopping board. There shouldn’t be any movement of the board. It should be rigid, stable, and solid. Otherwise, you may cut yourself or cut the meat accidentally.
Place the meat on the chopping board. The silver skin must face towards the ceiling. Take the knife and start trying to slide the knife between the meat and silver skin. The pointy tip will pierce. Slide through till you can grab the silver skin firmly with your fingers.
Grab the sliver skin firmly with your fingers. Tilt your blade a little upwards. You don’t want to tilt your blade downwards as it will cut chunks of the meat.
Cutting All the Way Through
Now, you just need to apply a little forward pressure in the direction where your blade edge is. Move the blade back and forth. This will result in cutting the silver skin like butter. If you see some meat is also cutting, try to tilt the blade a little more and cut slowly.
These 4 steps will remove any silver skin from the meat of cows, deer, sheep, camels, goats, and other animals like that. The Pork meat is a little different but very easy to remove the silver skin. You only need to follow the first 2 steps, and when you grab on the silver skin, just pulling it will separate it from the meat.
Cautions You Need to Follow While Cutting
If you are new to this, cut very slowly. Meats are very slippery, and cutting a slippery thing is always risky. Go very slow on your first few tries. After some time, your pace will increase automatically.
Wash the Instruments
Make sure to wash the knife and chopping board cleanly. You don’t want any germs to get into your meat. This may cause food poisoning or bad digestion.
When doing critical or precise work, staying relaxed always helped me. Try to keep cool while removing silver skin from your meat. Control your frustration if you are not getting the desired output you want. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Is it Necessary to Remove the Silver Rib Skin?
Silver skin is annoying. It becomes rubbery when cooked and changes the texture of the meat. It will frustrate you when you enjoy juicy meat, and suddenly silver skin comes between your teeth. So, it will help if you remove the silver skin first.
What is the Silver Skin of Meat?
Silver skin is the membrane, tendons, and ligaments. It appears shiny white or silver color on the meat and is very thin like paper or tissue. That’s the reason people call it silver skin.
Is It Easy to Grind Silver Skin?
It is possible to grind silver skin, but it is not easy. Having a powerful grinder with sharp blades will make the grinding effortless. But a normal grinder and old grinder can’t grind silver skin that well. It will wind up with the blade and stop it from rotating.
It is best to remove the silver skin for soft and great meat. Many feel it difficult to detach it from the meat. Supermarkets have meats with silver skin already. But if you want to do it yourself, try following the 4 steps discussed above. I hope this article was helpful to you.
As a home cook, I am working in the kitchen niche since 2001.
Writing a blog is one of my hobbies. Cooking is my passion and I love to experiment with spices. I hope you will get benefitted after reading my article.