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March 2016 Issue

Plumping Meat; All About “Oil Pulling”

Who doesn’t want to bite into a succulent piece of chicken or receive kudos for cooking a juicy piece of meat? To make certain that your efforts in the kitchen are rewarded with tender delicious food, raw meat and poultry products are sometimes enhanced, marinated or plumped with injected water, salt, and other flavorings and additives to keep the product moist and flavorful during cooking. Oil pulling is a folk remedy that involves swishing a small amount of oil, usually coconut or sesame, in one’s mouth for one to 20 minutes. The oil is not swallowed, but is spit out. The practice originated in India as part of Ayurvedic medicine and is common today with alternative medicine practitioners.

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