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JustChillin

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Removing Rib Membrane
« on: October 27, 2017, 08:12:19 AM »
I will be cooking ribs this weekend and had a thought. While removing the membrane from the backside is no problem for me using a butter knife and paper towel, I am always looking for a better way. How about using a catfish skinner has anyone ever given it a try?
https://www.amazon.com/Maybrun-Catfish-Skinner-Nickel-Finish/dp/B0013F7MS4/ref=sr_1_4/133-4463644-0532656?ie=UTF8&qid=1509106083&sr=8-4&keywords=catfish+skinner
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Re: Removing Rib Membrane
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2017, 11:54:12 AM »
I've heard of using one, but since I don't own one, I've never tried it. Never had a problem using the table knife and paper towels, though.
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Re: Removing Rib Membrane
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2017, 06:37:34 PM »
Only problem I see is matching the curve of the scaler to the concave shape of the ribs.
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Re: Removing Rib Membrane
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2017, 09:36:01 AM »
When I remove membrane, I have to start at a corner but constantly move my grip back and forth across the width of the ribs otherwise it tears.  Membrane removal, at least for me, seems more delicate than the catfish skinner would lend itself to. 
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Re: Removing Rib Membrane
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2017, 09:40:29 AM »
I did use it this morning and it worked well. I started at the narrow end gently until I got a couple of inches pulled then moved the pliers down to a wad of membrane and it came off with ease.
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Re: Removing Rib Membrane
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2018, 08:46:24 PM »
I start in the middle of the rack on one side, get membrane lifted up across the whole center, the lift up until I get to the ends.  No problems gripping and is much easier as it kind of acts like a pulley as you work to both ends.
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Re: Removing Rib Membrane
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2018, 08:49:38 PM »
Like Dave, I use the "start in the middle" method.  I work a butter knife from side to side, right on top of a bone, so it doesn't dig into the meat.  Then, grab the membrane like a handle and pull straight up.  I can de-membrane 3 racks in about a minute.  Works incredibly well, and you don't even need paper towels!
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Re: Removing Rib Membrane
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2018, 12:41:15 PM »
+2

I am with Dave and Tony on starting in the middle with the butter knife.

I like the idea of thinking outside of the box though. :)
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Re: Removing Rib Membrane
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2018, 07:05:27 PM »
I never tried starting in the middle. Maybe my catfish skinners can collect rust. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Removing Rib Membrane
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2018, 08:40:36 PM »
Once you get the hang of it, starting in the middle is crazy easy, and only requires a butter knife!
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Re: Removing Rib Membrane
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2018, 10:35:03 AM »
Just tried the "middle method" and can concur it works quite well. Still used a paper towel to assist though.
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Re: Removing Rib Membrane
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2018, 08:09:11 PM »
Way to go,  Brian!  I actually picked it up from Jeff Phillips several years ago, and have it down to an art now.  lol...
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Re: Removing Rib Membrane
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2018, 06:50:57 AM »
Tony, it is great having you back! The knowledge on this forum is really valuable.
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Re: Removing Rib Membrane
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2018, 06:53:55 PM »
Thanks, David.  Great to be back!
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Re: Removing Rib Membrane
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2018, 03:00:53 PM »
I start in the middle on a bone, lightly push the butter knife up the rib. Once you make it to the side, push up on the knife. You should be able to grab the membrane and go side to side. A paper towel works to keep you hands less slippery.
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