How to use Meat Tenderizer in Prepping

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Alternative uses of Meat Tenderizer

Weird prepping uses of meat tenderizer.
Add a powdered meat tenderizer to your list of preps. Not only
will you want to have it on hand to make meats more palatable
when the stuff really hits the fan, but it has medicinal and other

How to use Meat Tenderizer in Prepping

#1: Make game meat less gamey.
Meat tenderizer is a secret culinary trick to help improve the
cheap meats and likewise it will also help improve what you
forage from the land.

A meat tenderizer will make any kind meat more tender. Imagine
the savings of cooking less expensive cuts of meat. A chuck steak
will come close to tasting like a porterhouse. And, no, it won't
tenderize your stomach, but it will enhance the taste of meat!

Rest assured that papain is the same digestive aid you'll find at
the pharmacy.

  • HOW TO USE: Moisten the surface of the meat, then sprinkle
    the meat tenderizer evenly on all sides of the meat. Cover
    and set the meat for a half an hour at room temperature to
    penetrate the meat before cooking.

#2: First aid.
While not widely known, meat tenderizer has alternative uses as
first aid. It's an
analgesic of sorts with pain-numbing powers
available from your prepper's pantry (and not the medicine

Meat tenderizer, which is an enzyme from pineapples, is a folk
remedy for treating a variety of ailments (using just water and
meat tenderizer):

  • ant stings ~ For treament of fire ant stings, to relieve pain
    and itching, moisten the skin with water the sprinkle the
    meat tenderizer to zap and soothe the bites.

  • backache ~ Rub a paste of meat tenderizer on your back
    muscles for soothing relief.

  • chiggers. An itchy rash of a chigger bite is nothing to scratch
    at if you have meat tenderizer on hand. Chiggers are barely
    visible and you may need a magnifying glass to see them.
    While they produce a terrible itch, they thankfully aren't
    dangerous. If you don't have any calamine lotion,
    hydrocoritosone or anthistamine pills, use meat tenderizer!
    You can make a calming poultice to relieve the itching and

  • bee and wasp stings ~ For some, a bee sting requires a trip
    to the ER, for others, they may be able to mitigate the pain
    with meat tenderizer. Benedryl is always a wise item to have
    in the first aid kit. If the patient has no allergic reaction, you
    can remove stinger without squeezing it, then use meat
    tenderizer, which has enzymes to help break down the
    proteins in the bee venom. It will take the pain away very

  • burns ~ Meat tenderizer helps heal burns.

  • jellyfish stings ~ Mild symptoms of jellyfish stings include
    pain and skin reactions such as redness and itching at the
    site of the sting. To treat with meat tenderizer, first scrape
    the tentacles and slimy parts off the skin using a towel, the
    irrigate the area with wet sand to help get out the final
    remnants. Yes you can also urinate on the jellyfish sting, but
    the meat tenderizer will not only detoxify, but also soothe.
    Start by making a paste of meat tenderizer with salt water  
    and applying it to help get the venom protein out of jellyfish
    stings. Alternatively use meat tenderizer and rubbing alcohol
    to make the paste.

  • mosquito bites ~ Ditch the itch of mosquito bites with meat
    tenderizer. Gently dab the paste on mosquito bites, allow to
    dry and then rub off the remains.

  • poison ivy ~ soothes poison ivy

  • Spider bites. Use meat tenderizer as a poultice for non-
    poisonous spider bites to cut the itching. If you have
    breathing problems, cramping or nausea, seek medical
    attention immediately!

  • HOW TO USE: To use a meat tenderizer, like the popular
    McCormick's meat tenderizer, pictured right, make a poultice
    by mixing the meat tenderizer with warm water and making a
    paste to apply to the bite or sting. Keep area wrapped for 15-
    minutes or so. Never use hydrogen peroxide with meat
    tenderizer as the hydrogen peroxide will inactive the papain
    you apply.

  • Allergies: People who have allergies, such as bee allergies or
    latex allergies, or other sensitivities, should follow their
    normal protocol discussed with a physician before using a
    meat tenderizer for first aid. It's particularly important if you
    have latex allergies, to refrain from using meat tenderizer as
    a first aid because papain enzymes come from extracts in
    papaya. As with all things that have papaya as an
    ingredient, including cosmetics that contain papain, you will
    find a cross-reactive risk, according to the American Latex
    Allergy Association.

  • Sodium: Likewise, if you have issues with sodium, refrain
    from doing this. Meat tenderizers typically have a high-
    sodium content.

#3: Stain removal.
Let nature do the work of disinfecting and cleaning up. The
enzymes of the powdered meat tenderizer can help devour the
dead, decomposing and inert material. Be sure to use unseasoned
meat tenderizer for the job of stain removal or you just may have
an ever bigger mess on your hands.

The active ingredient of meat tenderizer, Bromelain or Papain, is
an enzyme that not only breaks up protein bonds in meat, but
also breaks down the proteins in stains.

  • HOW TO USE: To use a meat tenderizer to remove a stain,
    activate the enzymes with water. Make a paste and rub into
    the spot. Allow the enzymes to work, at least an hour. Then  
    vacuum or rinse the stain away.

What kind of stains can you remove using a meat tenderizer?
  • Blood stains ~ hydrogen peroxide will also work
  • Menstrual fluid stains
  • Milk stains
  • Perspiration stains ~ a white vinegar will also work

What kinds of fabrics should you avoid?
You don't want to try this stain removal on fabrics comprised of
proteins, for example:
  • Not silk
  • Not wool

Be mindful that it's always best to test a portion of the fabric
before committing to the use of meat tenderizer as a stain
remover, because the active ingredient may cause holes or thin
the fibers.

What's the active ingredient of meat tenderizer?
Make sure to use an unseasoned meat tenderizer and look for the
active ingredients below. You don't want the other spices, which
may interfere with your use of a meat tenderizer for medicinal
purposes or stain removal.

There are two kinds of meat tenderizers:
  1. Bromelain ~ enzyme from pineapple. (Bromelain is a protein
    extract or proteolytic enzyme that comes from the stems of
  2. Papain ~ enzyme from papaya

Both are perfectly natural. While the active ingredient in meat
tenderizer -- either bromelain or papain -- have not been
evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, many lifeguards
and even doctors swear by it.

  • Ingredients of McCormick's Unseasoned Meat Tenderizer:
    Salt, dextrose, bromelain (Tenderizer), and calcium silicate
    (added to make free flowing).

  • Ingredients of Adolph's Unseasoned Meat Tenderizer:
    Salt, sugar, corn starch (prevents caking and Bromelain
    (tenderizer). Adolph's has no MSG and no artificial colors or

What the experts have to say...

  • Phytobezoar resolution. Meat tenderizer can help relief
    Phytobezoar, a condition of trapped mass in the
    gastrointestinal system, which results in nausea, vomiting,
    gastric outlet obstruction, perforation, abdominal pain, and
    bleeding. According to an abstract published in the U.S.
    National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
    "Adolph's Meat Tenderizer appears to be a safe and effective
    treatment for patients with a phytobezoar." The abstract
    says to treat the bezoar, take "Adolph's Meat Tenderizer ~ 1
    teaspoonful in 8 oz of water before each meal for 7 days.

Happy endings...
Now you know all about the unusual pain-numbing power
available from the prepper's pantry (and not the medicine cabinet).

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