Dr. Brian Nummer PhD

FOOD-SAFETY.GURU

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Meat Glue

Transglutaminase (Activa) Transglutaminase is affectionately called “meat glue”. It is sold to Chefs under the trade name Activa™. There may be other brands out there. It was discovered back in 1959 as a component of the blood clotting complement.  A common example of culinary use is to bind a bacon wrap to another protein (steak, […]

Foodservice calorie disclosure rule

The FDA has made a final rule that “covered” retail and foodservice establishments must make calorie information available on their menus to help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.  The deadline for implementation is December 1, 2015. (UPDATE!!!! – The FDA has extended the compliance date to December 2016). A covered establishment: […]

Fermentation culture safety

Okay.  I have been asked many times what verifications are there that a particular fermentation culture is safe, “clean” or “pure”?  Whether its yogurt, kefir, sourdough, kombucha, buttermilk, cheese, or koji; the question remains. For the most part, natural fermentations are quite rigorous and the true culture organisms predominate.  If foodborne illness organisms get into […]

Dry aging meat in “special” bags

Dry aging beef (and other meats) is said to enhance flavor and tenderness.  It is often used by upscale purveyors to distinguish their products from others.  Dry aging meat is essentially aging meat without protection is a refrigerator.  Cuts are stored separate from each other to permit air flow to dry them in 1-6 weeks.  […]