|Wrapping meat in a papaya leaf from the paw paw tree is one way to tenderize it naturally.|
Good news! You can tenderize your meat without a packaged meat tenderizer or papal intercession.
- Liquify or smash ripe papaya to create a tasty marinade that will tenderize your meat using natural papain. You can also wrap meat overnight in paw paw leaves to reap the benefits of papain.
- Use fresh pineapple. It contains an enzyme, bromelain, that quickly tenderizes meat in 30-60 minutes. It will add flavor to the meat, which may be good, or not.
- Use a meat mallet to pound chicken, beef or pork. It breaks fat tissue, increasing tenderness.
Be sure to use fresh pineapple and papaya. Canning and bottling destroys these enzymes. Do not tenderize for long periods or your meat will turn to mush.
Papaya leaves, which are very bitter in their raw form, are believed to cure scarlet fever, lessen menstrual pain, treat acne, increase appetite and improve digestion.