|MadSci Network: Agricultural Sciences|
'Restructured meats' is a term coined primarily to identify processed meat products intended to simulate whole muscle products. The best example of this is the 'roast beef' sandwich you would buy at Arby's or Hardees. This meat is made from a chopped beef emulsified and formed into a log shape to simulate a whole muscle cut of beef. It's roasted, and it's beef, but it's not the whole round or sirloin you would cook at home. Other chunked and formed, or flaked and formed, meats about. The 'chicken nuggets' sold at fast food chains are made from extruded ground meats, not from pieces of whole muscle. In these types of products, the less expensive ground trimmings replace the 'structure' or 'form' of more expensive whole muscle products.
Try the links in the MadSci Library for more information on Agricultural Sciences.