Animal Science, Department of


Date of this Version

January 2005


Published in 2005 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report. Copyright © 2004 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.


Thoracic limbs from 20 beef steers were used as post-rigor controls, prerigor controls (removed pre-rigor), or treated with combinations of sodium citrate and/or water to evaluate the effect of citrate on meat tenderness. Shear force values on steaks from the infraspinatus, supraspinatus and triceps brachii muscles revealed citratetreated muscles were more tender than water and post-rigor control treatments. It appears sodium citrate can tenderize meat independent of water injection.