Guide to Slow Cooking Beef
Beef is one of the most versatile ingredients and is used in
traditional dishes around the world. A great array of beef cuts can be
used in cooking. However, not all of these are suited for traditional
broiling, grilling, or stir frying methods. Consequently, these tougher
cuts are frequently underutilised. However, by employing a slow cooker,
you can make delicious beef dishes with even the cheapest cuts of meat.
This ultimately saves you money and helps demonstrate your cooking
Most cuts of beef can be easily turned into a tender, succulent stew
using your slow cooker. However, those that are most commonly used are
pieces from the neck, shoulder, or lower leg. These cuts are less tender
and therefore preferred by slow cooker users. Since the slow cooker
heats beef over a longer period and retains moisture within the pot, the
meat comes out juicy and tender despite its firmer cut. Slow cooking
also allows beef to better absorb flavours from herbs and spices.
Therefore, marinating prior to preparing is unnecessary.
There are some staple dishes that are commonly prepared using the
slow cooking method. One of these is pot roast. Chuck steak is a popular
choice for preparing this dish as it contains just enough fat to add a
savory flavour while still being lean enough to compliment a healthy
diet. Brisket is another popular cut for a pot roast and is best
tenderised by a slow cooker. Most pot roasts are prepared with root
vegetables and traditional fall flavours. However, variations can include
fruits, like apples and cherries, or Italian tomatoes and herbs.
Stews are also popular beef dishes and can be exceptionally delicious
when slow cooked. There are no real rules when it comes to making a
stew, and the ingredients and flavours selected vary greatly. Many stew
recipes boast Eastern European origins and include potatoes, carrots,
and other hearty vegetables. They also include traditional seasonings
like paprika or sage. Other stews can be made with Mediterranean flavours
and feature oregano, lemon, and other tastes. <Try
our slow cooker beef rib stew recipe>
Chili in Slow Cookers
Finally, chili is an excellent slow cooker meal and can be easily
made with ground beef, beans, and vegetables. By cooking chili in a slow
cooker, the flavours will be bolder. Consequently, you will not need to
use as much spices and salt to achieve the taste you desire. This is
great for anyone watching their cholesterol. Plus, slow cooker chili
comes out thicker and heartier than their stove-top counterparts.