No matter how experienced you’re in cooking, meat cooking can be a quite a challenging task. Everyone loves to have a perfect steak or burger than the undercooked or overcooked meat dish. Here are a few things to avoid while cooking meat and tips to cook perfect meat.
Things to avoid while cooking meat
Do not overcook chicken breast and tenders
Chicken breasts have a very little amount of fat content in them. When you overcook the chicken breast and tenders they end up becoming tough and dry.
Therefore to cook chicken breasts perfectly, soak them in the brine solution prepared with salt, sugar, and herbs. Tenderize the meat and then cut the chicken breasts into even pieces to cook them at the same time.
Do not undercook the whole chicken
Unlike chicken breast, the whole chicken cooks faster than the inner part. Also, chicken holds more heat and hence, there is a chance for your whole chicken to overcook.
Therefore, to avoid overcooking you should cook meat at low temperatures and slowly. Make sure to allow the chicken to rest as this will help to distribute the juices evenly.
Make sure to season the chicken at the right time
Seasoning chicken after it is cooked as this will not absorb the seasonings into the chicken. Season the chicken when it’s uncooked so that all the spices are well absorbed into the meat.
Avoid adding extra oil to the pan
Often people end up adding extra oil to avoid beef sticking to the pan. Here are the super tips to avoid beef sticking to the pan.
- Keep your pan in medium flame and for grillers, make sure to keep it at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add steak only if the pan or grill is hot.
- Avoid flipping steak multiple times.
Place the meat only if the pan or grill is hot
Adding meat before it’s completely hot will make your meat to dry up gradually. Therefore, to avoid this issue make sure the temperature of the meat is at room temperature.
Make sure not to allow your steak to rest for a longer time before cooking
Resting the steak for a longer period would create moisture on the outer parts of the meat and if you cook this, it will end up steaming the meat instead of searing. Also, turns to grayish color when cooked.
Make sure to cut the steak across the grain
The steak will become tough and hard to chew if missed to cut across the grain. So make sure you do not miss to cut across the grain.
Avoid cooking meat for a longer time
The bigger the meat, the higher will be the rise in temperature. Even after turning off the flame or oven, meat continues to cook. Hence, make sure to take off the chicken when it feels like it’s almost cooked and needs a few more degrees to reach the optimum temperature. Finally, allow it to rest for 10 to 30 minutes.
Do not use the wrong oil for seafood
People often use virgin olive oil for its taste. However, it is terrible when you add intense heat to it. Extra virgin oil must be cooked at low temperature which could cause having improper searing of seafood.
Therefore use olive oil, peanut oil, or canola oil as this would increase the temperature to high enough.
Avoid over-mixing of spices and seasoning
Excess spices and seasoning would cause the meat to dry out and toughen up after cooking. Hence to avoid such problems, mix up a grated small onion into the mixture to resist the moisture while cooking.
Read the infographic below created by Fraserview Meats for more information.
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