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With so many cuts of beef available, there is no need to be cooking it the same way all the time. Knowing a few methods is handy and will make you and your family enjoy every single meal, no matter the season of the year. Here are a few suggestions:
- Braising – it means cooking something in a small amount of liquid. Usually braising involves large cuts of meat and uses lower temperatures and longer cooking times, perfect for pot roasts. This method helps tenderize tougher cuts of beef, such as shank, short ribs, and chuck. Braising usually starts by seasoning the beef, then browning it in a hot skillet before transferring it to a covered pot with a small amount of liquid and some veggies.
- Stewing – similar to braising, stewing uses slow, moist heat. There is, however, one difference! Instead of a large piece of meat, the meat is cut into cubes or other smaller pieces first, like in beef stew. This cut of meat is usually made up of chuck and round. One important thing to remember is to add more stock to the stew than you add to the braise.
- Roasting – One of our favourites during the Winter months. It is one of the easiest ways there is to cook a large cut of meat. It uses either high temperature or a combination of high and low. The high temperature is what gives the beef its mouth-watering, crispy, brown exterior, while the low temperature is what cooks it to its proper doneness. This is the reason why the tender cuts of beef are the best for roasting, such as prime rib, T-bone steak, and tenderloin.
- Broiling – When the weather does not allow you to grill outside, broiling is the go-to technique to enjoy a steak medium or medium rare because, as with the grill, the broiler cooks very quickly at a very high temperature. So use the same cuts of beef you normally use to grill outside: steaks, burgers, or even skirt steak.
- Stir-frying – This is a quick method, perfect for weeknight dinners. Thin strips that are cooked in a hot skillet or wok using a small amount of oil. Beef sirloin is a great choice for stir-frying.
There are many more methods, such as grilling, skillet, a combination of skillet and oven. If you are unsure about what cut of beef to use for a specific method, just as our staff. We’ll be glad to help you.