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What does it mean when someone referrs to "green meat?"

By Bob Oros

green-meat.jpg (24631
 bytes)Green meat simply means it does not have sufficient age to be considered acceptable. For example, if a box of inside rounds had a kill date of only one week prior to today's date, it would be considered "green" until it had between 14 and 21 days age.

The term could have possibly come from a term used when drying lumber. A board that is freshly cut from a tree has to dry for a certain number of days before it should be used. Before it has completely dried it is considered a "green" piece of wood.