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Silly Granite Question...???

Posted by MileHighDiva (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 19, 11 at 11:30

Can you flatten chicken breast on granite? Will it crack? Can you use a meat mallet to flatten chicken breast or tenderize a tough cut of meat on a granite counter top?

The other night I made chicken parmigiana in my current kitchen, which has Formica counter tops. I did not think about potentially damaging the counter or creating a crack.

I'll be upgrading to a level one granite (New Caledonia) when my new kitchen is installed. Will I still be able to cook the same way?

I just saw the crack in Duckspanked's granite, not from cooking, but from the installation and it got me wondering...can you flatten chicken breasts on granite counter tops?

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to Duckspanked's Cracked Granite Thread


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RE: Silly Granite Question...???

I never flatten breasts directly on any surface that cannot go into the DW immediately. I'm assuming you immediately sanitize your formica when the chicken is removed???


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RE: Silly Granite Question...???

Breezy, have a plastic cutting board that I use, but it's on the counter top when I'm flattening/pounding the chicken breast.

I'm wondering if the force of the pounding will crack the stone.


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RE: Silly Granite Question...???

I wouldn't do that directly on the granite, I'd use a board specifically desginated for raw meat...preferably non-wood.


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Okay, I guess I phrased the question incorrectly. Will the force of pounding the meat on the cutting board, which is on the counter top cause a crack or fissure in the granite?


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We, too, just transitioned from formica to granite, but haven't worried about pounding chicken breasts -- on a disinfectable (if that's a word) cutting board on granite -- because I just don't pound chicken breasts all that hard.

I used to until I realized that it really didn't require all that much force. The lighter touch also means no tears in the flesh (either the chicken or mine if a finger gets in the way). Sometimes I'll score parallel lines with a knife first in the thick part and that seems to make for less pounding.

A long way of saying that I don't think this should be an issue unless you use chicken breast pounding time to exorcise the day's frustrations!


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RE: Silly Granite Question...???

Agree with kashmi-- I would not whale away on anything that was on my granite, but I don't need to whale away to flatten chicken.

(Why is that expression "whale away"? Or is it "wail away"? I don't know the derivation of either but have been saying it since high school.)


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RE: Silly Granite Question...???

(Why is that expression "whale away"? Or is it "wail away"? I don't know the derivation of either but have been saying it since high school.)

http://www.englishforums.com/English/WhaleWailWaleWealWelt/jxxlw/post.htm


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RE: Silly Granite Question...???

Can't answer the granite question, but I gave up pounding chicken breasts entirely and now butterfly them. For some reason I like the texture much better.

Your mileage may vary, of course.


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RE: Silly Granite Question...???

I would have no hesitation to pound chicken
on a cutting board on my granite counters.

I don't stand on my counters -- but otherwise,
I don't baby them.


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RE: Silly Granite Question...???

Thank you for the replies! I'll cross that potential issue off of my list. On my way, to Youtube, to look up how to butterfly a chicken breast.


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How to Butterfly Chicken Breasts

The video I located still involves pounding. I guess it's known that I need a way to exorcise the days frustrations:)

Here is a link that might be useful: How to Butterfly Chicken Breast


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