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An example of a meat tenderizer in use
Stainless steel meat tenderizer
Example of a blade tenderizer in action

A meat tenderizer or meat pounder is a hand-powered tool used to tenderize slabs of meat in the preparation for cooking. Although a meat tenderizer can be made out of virtually any object, there are three types manufactured specifically for tenderizing meat.

Tenderizing meat with the mallet softens the fibers, making the meat easier to chew and to digest.[1] It is useful when preparing particularly tough cuts of steak, and works well when broiling or frying the meat.[2] It is also used to "pound out" dishes such as chicken-fried steak, palomilla, and schnitzel, to make them wider and thinner.

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  1. ^ a b c Madhusankha, G. D. M. P.; Thilakarathna, R. C. N. (2021-02-01). "Meat tenderization mechanism and the impact of plant exogenous proteases: A review". Arabian Journal of Chemistry. 14 (2): 102967. doi:10.1016/j.arabjc.2020.102967. ISSN 1878-5352.
  2. ^ Gwyther, Pamela (2001). The Beginner's Cookbook. Bath, UK: Parragon Publishing. p. 13. ISBN 1-4054-3689-1. OCLC 233261474.