There are many different and delicious ways to cook meat at home. From the stove to the oven, and even on a grill. These 7 cooking methods will get you started in the kitchen and ready to cook up any of your favorite meats!

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1. Grilling Steak

Grilling steak is a great way to start this list off. Grilling the perfect steak is not as hard as you might think, but it does require some attention and can feel like art at times. The secret to grilling steak is high heat and timing. Make sure your grill is nice and hot, almost like searing a pan of meat on the stove. With Cleaver’s Organic, grilling is one of the healthiest options for your meat dish as it’s both organic and with lower fat! Grill the steak for 2 to 3 minutes on each side for a 1-inch steak. This will give you a medium-rare steak, which is what 99 percent of people want when grilling out. Another good tip is to give your steak a 90-degree turn halfway through the grilling process for that perfect grill pattern on the steak. 

2. In The Oven

Cooking with an oven is one of the easiest ways to cook meat. Most people are already familiar with doing this, but there are a few things you might not know about cooking in the oven. The first thing is that it’s best to preheat your oven for 10 minutes before putting anything inside. This will give it enough time to heat up to the proper cooking temperature, which is generally 400 degrees. When putting your meat inside the oven, make sure it’s on a pan. This will allow for even heating of your meat and it will be more enjoyable to eat than if you cooked it straight on the oven rack. 

3. On The Stove Top

Cooking on the stove is how many people get their feet wet when it comes to cooking. It’s probably one of the easiest methods to cook meat, but also one of the more difficult due to timing and heat control. The key here is low heat for a long period. Cooking on the stove requires constant attention, if you let it sit too long or take your eyes off it at all, you could end up with some burnt meat. When cooking on the stove it is best to use a heavy pot or pan that holds heat well, some examples would be cast iron or stainless steel pots and pans. This will allow you to control the temperature better than with other types of metal cookware. 

4. Frying

Frying is one of the most popular ways to cook meat dishes. There are many different methods for frying meat, but they all require using oil at some point in the process. The best type of oil for frying is canola oil due to its stability when heated and lack of flavor when used by itself. Many people have their favorite types of oil to use when frying, including lard and butter.

5. Poaching

Poaching is a cooking method that uses water at or below boiling temperature, or sometimes even just room temperature. Poached meat has gained popularity over the years for its flavor and cooked texture. The best thing about poaching is it doesn’t require any special equipment as most other cooking methods do. To poach your meat, simply place your meat in a pan or pot with enough water to cover it completely. Cook it on medium heat for 20 minutes if you are cooking chicken, 30 minutes if it’s beef, and 40 minutes for pork. 

6. Smoking

Smoking meat is one of the most delicious ways of cooking meat, even though it might be intimidating at first. Smoking can be done in something as simple as a large tin bucket with a hole in the bottom and an aluminum pan inside to catch the grease. The basic idea is that when you smoke meat, you are cooking it over indirect heat for long periods. This allows your food to retain much of its original moisture and flavor. 

7. Steaming

Steaming is one of the easiest ways to cook your meat and it doesn’t require much effort from you at all! All you have to do is fill a pot with an inch or two of water, place a steamer basket inside and put your meat on the steamer. Cook it for 20 minutes per inch of thickness if it is beef or chicken, 10 minutes if you are cooking fish or shellfish.

Cooking meat at home can be easy to do with these suggestions! Hopefully, this article has given you some new ideas on how to cook meat and other meat dishes!

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