If you are a carnivore, there is no better feeling than eating a fresh and juicy piece of your favorite meat. The easiest way to enjoy meat is to go to a steak restaurant. However, this is not exactly the cheapest option. Going to a restaurant every time you want to eat a steak is very expensive and it can take a toll on your budget.
Fortunately, you have an option to cook meat at home. This may seem like a lot of work, especially for someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience with cooking, but it’s not that complicated.
Today, we are going to share with you some tips and ideas on how to cook meat. This will help you to prepare your meat properly and enjoy your favorite food any time you want.
Get your apron and let’s do this.
Thaw Your Meat
The very first thing you have to do when preparing your meat is, of course, thaw it. This sounds rather simple, but to thaw your meat properly, you have to be thorough. If your meat is frozen, thaw it in the fridge for about 24 hours. Keeping your meat chilled while thawing it will prevent harmful bacteria from contaminating it. Meat can stay in the fridge for two days, after that it will get spoiled.
You can also thaw your meat in cold water. Put the meat in a water-tight bag and submerge the meat in cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes. Never thaw your meat in hot water or at room temperature because the harmful bacteria might form.
Of course, you can always put a frozen piece of meat on your pan, but that’s not recommended. The main reason why cooks don’t recommend doing this is that the meat won’t be evenly cooked. The meat on the outside will be overcooked, while the meat on the inside will be undercooked.
However, there are certain ways you can cook frozen meat. For example, if you have a pressure pot, you can cook frozen meats without worrying about the food being unevenly cooked. There are a lot of benefits to having a pressure pot and not having to thaw your meat before cooking it is one of them.
Remove The Excess Fat
Naturally, when cooking, you want to remove as much fat as you possibly can. It’s the same when cooking meat. However, removing excess fat from a piece of meat can be a bit complicated. Especially if you are new to cooking.
But, if you have a sharp chef’s knife, you can do this easily. Just take the knife with your hand and pull the fat away from the meat with your other hand. Then, slowly slice it while tilting the knife towards the fat. This way, you won’t cut out the good meat.
Eating a lot of fat is bad for you, of course, but you should still leave some fat on your meat before cooking it. The fat will melt while the meat is cooking and it will give the meat a juicier taste.
Marinate The Meat
If you want your meal to taste amazing, make sure to marinate the meat before cooking it. For best results, keep the meat in the marinade for up to 12 hours. This may seem complicated, but it’s really simple. Here’s how to do it.
When your meat is completely thawed, put the meat and the marinade in a resealable plastic bag. Leave the bag in the fridge for 12 hours. This will make the meat softer and juicier. Also, the meat will absorb the flavors from the marinade sauce and this will make it tastier.
Wanting your meat to be as tasty as possible is understandable. However, marinating it for longer than 12 hours might make your meat too mushy before you cook it. Needless to say, if this happens, you won’t enjoy your meal.
In most cases, marinade sauces are made with balsamic vinegar, red wine, herbs, and spices. However, feel free to play with your marinade sauce. You can put whatever you want in it. Just make sure it adds flavor to your meat.
Meat dishes are wonderful. They provide you with protein and they are rather tasty. They also represent a perfect meal for every occasion. However, preparing meat is not always a simple thing to do. Especially for someone who has never cooked meat before. You must have the skill and good recipes. One thing’s for sure though, these three tips will help you to cook the meat more easily.