There is no denying that meat has been a staple of the human diet for centuries and it is one of the most versatile foods. There are so many ways you can prepare it, cook it, and serve it to your family or friends.
You may be struggling to know what kind of meat to buy, or what cuts work best with different cooking methods. In this article, we’ll discuss some key ways to make your meat tasty and delicious time after time.
By Researching Online
Knowledge is power, and the best way to become a good cook is by learning. You may have someone who can teach you (e.g. your partner or a friend,) or there may be cookery classes you can join.
Many people begin on the internet, whether it’s reading blogs or posts on specialist websites. Youtube is another star player because you can watch people in action rather than simply reading cookery books. Visitors to TheEatDown.com demonstrate that people are literally hungry for the latest recipes, whether it’s salt and pepper chicken or pan-seared Chilean sea bass. They also want to learn cooking tips and techniques, such as how to use a bread machine or keep pizza warm.
By Going For Quality
No matter how good you are at cooking, the quality of the meat you buy is a key factor in determining how your meal will taste. If you’re prepared to pay a little more for your meat, you will reap the benefits. Quality cuts from quality butchers are what make meals more pleasant, so visit a reputable butcher and always buy fresh meat.
Organic meat is a great choice too because it’s better for your health and the environment. This is because organic farms don’t use pesticides or antibiotics which can be harmful to you if consumed in large quantities. Organic food is more expensive than non-organic because organic farming requires more planning and care than conventional agriculture. Organic farmers do more work on their land and often receive less yield from it, so they charge more accordingly. The payoff, however, is that you will easily be able to taste the difference.
By Flattening The Meat
If you do this with a mallet, you can easily get the meat tender. For best results flatten it until it reaches the desired thickness, but no more (to avoid it tearing). Be sure not to use too much pressure as over-pounding can damage the meat’s cell structure, resulting in loss of moisture during the cooking process.
You can just flatten only one side of the meat if there are time constraints, and it will still have that pummelled look on both sides when it’s being cooked. Once flattened let the meat sit at room temperature while you’re preparing the rubs and seasoning, to ensure they will penetrate evenly throughout the surface area.
By Searing The Meat
The first step to cooking any meat is by searing it on both sides using butter or oil, and here are the benefits of doing so:
– It makes your meal more aesthetically pleasing and appetizing.
– Seared meats produce a delicious crust that locks in juices.
– The flavors can become richer over time because of this method, adding depth to the taste experience.
Add A Little Something
It’s great to add some salt and pepper, but if you’re looking for something different, try adding some spices. They can transform your meat from tasting average to being out of this world. You don’t need much either; just a light sprinkle will do the trick. Keep in mind that when it comes to saltiness and spiciness, everyone has their own personal preference.
Try experimenting with different spices and sauces, and by adding garlic and onions also.
Allow The Meat To Rest
Most meat you order at restaurants is over-cooked. This causes the meat to lose its natural juices, making it dry and tasteless. Don’t cook your meat until you are ready to eat it, then allow it to rest for a minimum of fifteen minutes after cooking. This will help all those delicious flavors to seep back into the meat, making it moist and juicy. Once it’s rested sufficiently, you can cut it into strips if required.