Kitchen Smarts

Kitchen Smarts

  • Keep Clean – Wash hands with hot, soapy water before and after handling raw meat as well as clean work surfaces and utensils.
  • Keep Separate – Do not place cooked foods on the same plate that held raw meat.
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Ground Beef

  • How Lean – When browning ground beef and pouring off the fat, any lean-to-fat ratio is suitable. When stuffing peppers with raw ground beef mixture, use a leaner product.
  • Be Gentle – The secret to juicy flavorful burgers, meatloaves and meatballs is gentle handling. Overmixing results in a firm compact texture after cooking.
  • No Press – Don’t press down on burgers during cooking; flavorful juices can escape, resulting in dry burgers.

Steaks

  • Tender Measures – Beef steaks can be divided into two categories: tender and less tender.
    • Tender Steaks – can be cooked using any method and can be cut into cubes for kabobs or strips for stir-fry.
    • Less Tender Steaks – need to be braised or marinated in a tenderizing marinade.
  • Dry First – For better browning, pat steaks dry with paper towels prior to cooking.
  • No Poke – Turn steaks with tongs; piercing steaks with a fork loses flavorful juices.
  • Right Temp – Use the correct cooking temperature. Too high of temperature can cause overcooking or even char on the outside and be raw in the center.

Roasts

  • Go Rack-less – Rib roast can be cooked without a rack; the curved bones act as a natural rack.
  • Be Indirect – When grilling roasts, use the covered, indirect grill method.
  • Don’t Overdo It – To prevent overcooking, remove the roast when the thermometer registers 5°F to 10°F below desired doneness. For medium-rare doneness 145°F (pull at 135° to 140°F), for medium doneness 160°F (pull at 150° to 155°F).
  • Stand Before Carving – Let roast stand 15 to 20 minutes. Standing time is important because the temperature continues to rise, and the meat juices firm up, making carving easier.
  • Tender Cuts – The more tender the roast, the thicker the slice may be.

Pot Roasts

  • Braise Praise – The four crucial elements of successful braising are slow even browning, long slow simmering, a small amount of liquid and a tightly fitting cover.
  • Veggie Kindness – To prevent overcooking of vegetables, add them towards the end of the cooking time.
  • Cook Options – Pot Roasts can be braised in a preheated 325°F oven or on the stovetop over low heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Or try a slow cooker or a pressure cooker.
  • Less Mess – Pot Roasts can also be cooked in an oven cooking bag.
  • Done Test  Due to the nature of braising, pot roasts are always well-done and are cooked until fork-tender. To test for doneness, insert a double-pronged fork into the thickest part of the pot roast. When the fork can be inserted without resistance, and releases easily when pulled out, it is done.
  • Better Shredder – If you are shredding the pot roast, use two forks and shred when the pot roast is still warm.

Stir-fry

  • Freeze to Cut – When cutting strips from a steak, partially freeze the beef first (about 30 minutes) to make slicing easier.
  • Better Browning – Stir-fry beef in small batches (½ pound at a time) for best browning.
  • Cook Before Crossing – Stir-fry vegetables and/or noodles separately from the beef; then combine.