What makes a ham tough?

Chef's answer
Osmosis draws salt and the other curing ingredients into the muscle cells of the pork, where it causes the protein molecules to contract. This is why an uncooked ham has a firmer texture than raw pork roast.
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As the bacon cooks the meat reduces in size faster than the fat does. Since they are cut into strips this causes the fat to bunch up or even coil if the bacon isn't flipped enough. The fat will eventually reduce as well when it renders but not enough to straighten out the poor bacon.29 May 2012
Fish tastes "fishy" when it hasn't been handled properly. ... Juices from the raw fish can transfer bacteria onto the cooked or ready-to-eat fish. For frozen seafood, look for frost or ice crystals. This is a sign that the fish has been stored for a long time or thawed and refrozen.
This phenomenon has two causes: The food's mineral content and the shape of the food itself. Microwaves function by creating electromagnetic waves that cause the water, fat and sugar molecules inside food to vibrate and thereby, heat.16 May 2017
Stress triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone that makes you crave high-fat, carb-heavy foods like pizza, fries, and cookies. Cortisol also deposits fat around your belly. Another way stress leads to weight gain is by keeping you up at night. People who sleep fewer hours tend to have more belly fat.5 Jan 2021
Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating contaminated food. It's not usually serious and most people get better within a few days without treatment. In most cases of food poisoning, the food is contaminated by bacteria, such as salmonella or Escherichia coli (E. coli), or a virus, such as the norovirus.16 Dec 2020
The haemorrhage may result from rupture of blood vessels - usually very small ones (capillaries) - or sometimes from leakage of red blood cells through small holes in imperfect blood vessels. In fresh meat the haemorrhages appear as dark red spots, usually not more than 1 cm in diameter.
While egg is a popular choice, it alone is not enough to make crab cakes retain their shape. A starch binder is also required. The key here is maintaining the proper balance, as too little binder means your crab cakes will fall apart, but too much will give your crab cakes an unfortunate texture.2 Sep 2016
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