Cooking Tips and Tricks : Meat

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Here are some tips and tricks on how to cook your meats :

• Season steaks with salt and pepper only when you’re about to start cooking. Seasoning ahead of time will draw out the meats juices and make it dry.

• Let grilled or roast meats rest first for a few minutes before slicing. Slicing too soon will release all their juices.

• When marinating your meat make sure to place it into a resealable plastic bag or airtight containers. To avoid meat contamination.

• When browning or searing meat, pat its surface dry with paper towels. Excess moisture will steam it instead of searing.

• Taste patties or meatballs by cooking a small sample for yourself. Season accordingly after tasting.

• When cooking chicken, remove the white meat from the heat first before the dark meat. This makes sure that the breast part is just as tender and moist as thighs and legs.

• Brush the grates of a griller with oil before cooking your meat. This prevents meat from sticking to the grill while cooking.

• When forming burger patties, avoid overworking the mixture to prevent the meat from becoming tough. Also shape patties with a thicker center to keep them from steaming during cooking.

• Keep bacon semi- frozen to cut, slice, and chop them into smaller pieces in less time.

• Wrap burger patties individually in plastic wrap or place parchment paper between pieces before freezing so that you can thaw as few or as many as needed.

Don’t throw away the bones of your uncooked meat. You can use it in making a stock. Combine vegetables and bones in a pot, add water, and bring to boil. You can use this as a base for soups and sauces.

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