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Keywords:

  • meat;
  • reindeer;
  • steaks;
  • restructured;
  • flavor-quality

ABSTRACT

Steaks, fabricated from forequarters from field-slaughtered Alaskan reindeer, were prepared from meat flaked to two sizes (1.295 and 1.905 cm), with (0.5%) and without phosphate, and with (0.5%) and without salt. Phosphate did not appreciably affect sensory properties. Larger flakes and salt improved quality and acceptability, therefore, additional steaks were fabricated from meat flaked with a larger cutting head (4.064-cm) and with three levels of salt (0.0, 0.5 and 0.75%). Steaks containing 0.75% salt were less chewy, softer, juicier, and more acceptable than those made with 0.5% salt but did not differ from those containing no salt. Feasibility of producing restructured steaks from reindeer forequarters was demonstrated.