Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Beef Extract
Name: Carl L. H.
Status: other
Age: 50s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 1999-2001


Question:
What are the exact beef parts that go into the making of beef extract?


Replies:
Carl,

The "extract" is the concentrated and or dried residues from some beef cooking process. It could have used almost any parts of the animal that had flavor. Ordinarily that would not include cartilage, ligaments, and or tendon tissue because these components contain very little fat. Any residual muscle tissue containing at least a trace of fat would do because the flavor of meat is largely borne in the fat.

Regards,
ProfHoff


From a research article that I found on beef extract, it states that beef extract is prepared by concentrating in vacuum kettles the clear broth obtained from cooking beef flesh. Two types of extract are prepared, depending on the degree to which the beef broth has been concentrated, i.e. fluid extract, which contains approximately 50 percent moisture, and solid extract, which contains approximately 25 percent moisture. I take it that "beef flesh" could be tissue or muscular in origin.

Sincerely,

Bob Trach



Click here to return to the General Topics Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (help@newton.dep.anl.gov), or at Argonne's Educational Programs

NEWTON AND ASK A SCIENTIST
Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory