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Fundamental Tools for Preparing Meat

Posted On: September 17, 2014

You’ve just opened up your shipment of grass fed and finished beef from Beetnik. Behold, all that glorious meat! You can’t wait to thaw it and enjoy…but what are we missing? Cooking tools, of course! Now, we know that you know how to cook a proper steak, but we like giving cooking equipment advice any chance we get (we’re obviously very popular at parties).

These are just a few of our fundamental tools in the kitchen:

Cast Iron Skillet

The Superman of our kitchen tools, is there anything a cast iron skillet can’t do? You can use it to bake cakes, fry eggs, roast vegetables, the list goes on and on! We could write sonnets dedicated to the versatility and beauty of the cast iron skillet. Cast iron distributes heat evenly, so your meat will cook that way, too. A properly seasoned and heated cast iron skillet will sear your meat perfectly.These skillets can hold a large amount of heat, so make sure to use an oven mitt if you’re moving it around!

Jaccard Tenderizer

This may not be 100% necessary, but is sure is fun to use! We used the Jaccard tenderizer on our ribeyes a couple months ago, and needless to say we’re still a little misty eyed by how delicious the experiment turned out. The Jaccard blades are razor sharp and cut small, precise marks, ensuring that your meat will not only be tender, but that it can soak up marinades quickly and more efficiently. We found that it was easy to use and that it broke up the fibers in meat, ensuring an even cook when placed on a grill.

Your Go-To Oil

When searching for a go-to oil for your meat searing, you need to know the facts. To begin, you’ll need an oil with a high smoke point. Grapeseed oil burns at 420 degrees, coconut oil burns at 350 and clarified butter begins to smoke 150. Grapeseed oil is a great because it’s a neutral oil and has no discernible flavor. (Note: Some folks aren’t crazy about grapeseed oil, as it has a large amount of polyunsaturated fat and can cause inflammation). Coconut oil is an excellent substitute and can lend a rich, nuttier flavor to your steak. It also creates an excellent crust while searing.

Meat Thermometer

Oh the meat thermometer! The unsung hero of perfectly cooked meat! Unless your a master chef and cook steaks for a living, it can be tough to know when your meat is perfectly seared. Enter: the meat thermometer! No guess work needed. Simply pop in the thermometer and if it’s reached the correct temperature, you’re free to eat!

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What’s your essential tool in the kitchen? Find us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter with @beetnikfoods and share your ideas!

Bon appétit, ya’ll!

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