[Sca-cooks] A curious question about the rotted meat mythos

S CLEMENGER sclemenger at msn.com
Wed Mar 12 20:35:30 PDT 2008

I just saw a bit about that on PBS...It was actually really interesting.  Apparently, the shark meat, raw, contains stuff that would poison a human being (something ammonia-related), and the prolonged, uh, process that the shark goes through renders it edible for people.  The smell's apparently pretty awful though, because of the ammonia-stuff leaching out.  The piece the fellow was using to test the doneness had an appearance (on screen) of a solid, creamy-white cheese.  Didn't look much at all like the raw stuff.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius<mailto:adamantius1 at verizon.net> 
  To: Cooks within the SCA<mailto:sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org> 
  Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 7:47 PM
  Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] A curious question about the rotted meat mythos

  On Mar 12, 2008, at 8:53 PM, Kimberly Vallance wrote:

  > Greetings list,
  > Ok I know that Rotten meat myth is a big thorn in most of our sides.  
  > But how
  > much of a myth is it really? This question comes from me watching  
  > Bizarre
  > foods which presents unusual cultural foods. recently it was on what  
  > would
  > be rotted meat to most Americans, hakarl (rotten shark meat).

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