Cooktop Cove: Always get meat as tender as filet mignon with these smart methods
By Cate Misczuk
Every once in a while you probably feel like a delicious, juicy steak. The problem is, your wallet doesn't always agree with crazy, and sometimes expensive, cravings.
Luckily, there's a way around this. You can easily transform an inexpensive, tough piece of meat into a restaurant-worthy cut with a few simple tricks. Say goodbye to chewy, tough and tasteless meat and hello to a filet mignon rival. Your family will be amazed and your guests won't know the difference – but your wallet sure will.
1. An acidic marinade
No, we're not talking about any harsh chemicals. Simple acids such as lemon or lime juice, vinegar, yogurt or buttermilk can be used to tenderize tough cuts.
Full recipe: Acidic marinade
2. A salt rub
Go to the store and buy the lowest-priced cut of meat. This salt rub can tenderize cheap cuts of meat: It is the poor man's version of filet mignon.
Full recipe: Salt rub
3. Cook it low and slow
Sometimes, to fight the toughness of the meat, you have to show it some love. Toss a tough piece of meat in a slow cooker to break down all those chewy fibers into a piece of steak so delicate it will melt in your mouth.
Cooking the beef in a slow cooker traps all the moisture of the meat and other ingredients inside, leaving you with a cut of steak that tastes like it's out of your price range.
Lots of other recipes are out there too that can help transform a tough piece meat into a mouth-watering creation. Some of our favorites are as follows:
- Juicy and tender carne asada
- Lick-your-plate-good beef and noodles
- Delicious beef stew
- Decedent Parmesan-crusted beef
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