Pull The Membrane From The Muscle
Depending on how closely the meat is trimmed, you might only see a streak of fat running the length of the tenderloin. Under that fat is the pearlescent silver skin. Start at the narrow end of the tenderloin. Pinch the meat to pull the membrane away from the muscle. Slide your knife under the membrane and slowly cut along the muscle toward the thick end of the meat in smooth sawing motions.
Work Along The Grain Of The Meat
Keep the knife blade close to the muscle, removing as little meat as possible. Because the silver skin attaches in different directions, you might find it helpful to start again from the thick end and work from that end as well. Some cooks remove the silver skin in strips. Just work along the grain of the meat lengthwise (above). Most importantly, be sure to always keep the knife blade angled away from you--raw meat can be more slippery than you think.
From Weber’s Big Book of Grilling. Copyright © 2001 Weber-Stephen Products Co. All rights reserved. First published by Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco, California.
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