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Old 10-30-2005, 03:09 PM   #1
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Why does ground beef smell bad when cooking?

I just made tacos using ground chuck and i'll tell you, I can not stand the smell of it when it is cooking. Does anyone else have this problem? My mom used to use ground beef alot and I never remember it smelling when she cooked it. Maybe I need to go to the meat counter and try it there instead of using the prepackaged.

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maybe your meat is spoiled?
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I think you answered your own question. I think the prepackaged is gross. Exactly what do they put into to give it that long shelf life? It's BOGOF at our store this week, but I won't be buying any.

I'm talking about those tube-shaped packages -- I assume that's what you meant.

I'm not a fan of meats that have sodium solutions added. This means I stay away from most of Walmart's "fresh" meat and those big bags of frozen chicken breasts.
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I hate the smell of any meat cooking. Its just nasty. I especially hate the smell of beef.
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We don't use ground beef anymore. When a recipe calls for it I use ground turkey. We've used it in tacos, chili's, meatloaf, whatever and I've never had anyone notice the difference.
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Originally Posted by MsLeFever
maybe your meat is spoiled?
Nope, just bought it and it has days left before it expires. And it just didn't happen today, I have noticed that it smells bad while cooking for a few years now. I think I will try going to the meat counter for now on, it can't smell any worse.

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I have noticed it on occasion, but it doesn't happen all the time.

I never buy the tube ground beef but always the stuff from the meat case.

When I buy Laura's Lean ground beef it doesn't seem to bother me as much. Maybe you should try it and see if it works for you.

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We only buy Laura's Lean Ground Beef & I've never noticed a "bad" smell before.
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I think it has to do with the blood in the meat cooking but I am not sure because I don't always smell it. I do not remember it smelling when I was a kid either. Maybe the combination of the blood and whatever "other stuff" is in the beef these days.
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Originally Posted by daisyduck123
We only buy Laura's Lean Ground Beef & I've never noticed a "bad" smell before.
I LOVE Laura's Lean. That's all we buy. I think it's worth the extra money.
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I never had a problem with ground beef - until I got pregnant the 3rd time. It's been 14 years now and I still cannot stand the smell of cooking meat. Has to be something in it they added around that time.
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Can't stand the smell....I'm not a big meat eater and the smell of cooking ground beef just about makes me throw up! I do a lot of gagging...sometimes DH feels sorry for me and will take over which is so nice...YUCK!! It's just soooo gross!
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I don't use much ground beef, but I think it is the blood.

I would never buy the pre-packaged stuff. That is why I won't shop at Tops anymore. That is all they sell. They got rid of their butchers.
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I know the smell you're taking about and I don't like it either. My daughter is a vegetarian so I made tacos for her using Smart Ground. The only difference in the end is that it's too salty if you use the same seasoning that you'd use with ground beef. I have to lighten the seasoning when using Smart Ground. There's no bad smell either.
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I think that the posters who have mentioned what is ADDED to the beef are correct. I am especially sensitive to that 'solution', and I HATE the smell.

I started using Laura's Lean... NO additives...
Now I buy my ground beef at Food City. Fresh Ground every day, with NO solution added. It is excellent!

One more tip.

Do NOT buy ground chuck. YUCK!!! Just that cut of meat alone seems to have that 'smell'. I can always smell that distinctive smell when a chuck-roast is cooking.

Go for the GROUND ROUND!!!!
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