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    Calculate fat percentage

    I like to grind meat for sausage and burgers. Mostly grind chuck and pork shoulder. I’m wondering if there is any scientific method to calculate the %fat in the meat, not just a WAG. Comparing two chuck roasts side by side, there can be huge differences.

    I bet Alton Brown could come up with a way to measure the circumference, thickness and total weight to make this calculation, LOL

    #2
    "scientific method to calculate the %fat in the meat, not just a WAG" don't you mean SWAG.

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    • bbqLuv
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      LOL, you are funny pkadare

    • pkadare
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      bbqLuv good thing one of us is.

    • bbqLuv
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      "scientific method to calculate . . ." plus WAG = SWAG.

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    Originally posted by bbqLuv View Post
    "scientific method to calculate the %fat in the meat, not just a WAG" don't you mean SWAG.

    WAG - wild ass guess

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    • bbqLuv
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      Ha ha ha ha too funny.

    #4
    Generally I cube the meat before grinding and I separate meat and fat cubes. I then weigh each group and then run the math to ensure the right mix (usually 70/30).

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    • rickgregory
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      This is about as close as you can come, but even doing this it will be approximate as the meat won't be 100% lean. So, you'll have to estimate what the intramuscular fat is in the meat, then add the fat and figure it out from there.

    • SierraBBQGuy
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      This is what I do as well.

    #5
    I’ve never used any of these techniques, but they are from a university. :-)

    https://extension.psu.edu/determinin...ontent-in-meat

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