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Cooking in a few hours time? Already have a recipe in your head? Prepared your ingredients? Head over to the fridge and took out that meat? What..? Meat is not soft!? Hm… How do you get it soft then?

Hang on there. We have a few solutions that can probably help you with that problem. Don’t panic! We’re here to provide some useful tips that can be done within 30 minutes! This article includes all natural ways and use of ingredients to have that perfect tender meat ready to be served for your guests. Read it all here.


Fruits? You may ask what do fruits have to do with soften up your meat? Well, we found out some fruits can be useful and helpful for your cooking preparations. Most fruits that can help with meat tenderization have their own enzyme found in their cells that helps to break through the veins of the meat. Let’s find out which fruits qualify as a meat tenderizer.

Pineapple is known for its enzyme acid that can help cooks in the kitchen to tenderize their meat in a natural way. It also provides health benefits such as prevention against digestions and cancer, colds and coughs, stress reduction and also arthritis.

Pineapple helps best to tender mutton hence, if your cooking recipe involves mutton or it needs to be pan-fried, we found out this is one of the ways you can consider to help you with that hard meat. Get your fresh pineapple from your fridge and grate it well. Apply the grated pineapple to the mutton and let it be for about 45 minutes. Afterward, wash it up with water and clean it dry and there you have it, a tenderized mutton meat ready to be cooked.

The next fruit that can help to tender meat is not uncommon and could be your very own favorite fruit during your daily lives. Let’s have a guess shall we? It is yellow in color and is a monkey’s favorite food. If your guess is banana, then you’re right!

How does banana help with tenderizing meat? Fun fact about banana skin is that it can actually help cooks to get a juicy and tender meat without losing the taste of the meat with a hassle free technique. It is easy to do it with the banana peel skin. Simply just put some banana peel skin into the frying pan together with the meat and start cooking. The content of natural active ingredients inside of a banana skin can help break down proteins and help fasten the process to soften the meat. The banana skin works to help cook the meat dry without changing its taste.

Another fascinating fruit and easily available to find anywhere in your area is the humble papaya. Papaya is often used in India as a tenderizer too for meat. Its leaves and skin contains another kind of enzyme which is called Papain that helps to break down the connective tissues in the meat. The steps for this papaya technique are to extract the gums out of the leaves and then use it to wrap the meat. Next, leave the meat for about 30 minutes long. After that wash and drain it and your meat is ready to be cooked.

Last but not least, the tropical kiwifruit also has its own enzyme that can help break down the tissues in the meat that needs to get soften to get you that perfect tender soft meat for dinner. It contains actinidin which is great in playing a part as a meat protein tenderizer. To make your meat tender with the help of this delicious fruit, all you have to do is squeeze the kiwifruit’s puree and let your meat soak in it for as long as you want it to. Recommended to get it soak for about 1-2 hours. After your desired time of soaking, you can start cooking your favorite dish once your meat is perfectly tendered!

These are all the fruits that we found helpful as a meat tenderizer. What do you think about these steps? Have you tried any of the fruits listed in this article? Or have you tried other fruits which may be useful as a meat tenderizer? Let us know which are your favourite fruits to tender your meat well in the comments below.

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