6 Easy Ways to Tenderize Meat
Delicious, tender steak can make a meal satisfying. But when you are working with tough steak, it is up to you to make it tender. If you do not know what you are doing, then most likely you will end up eating tough, chewy steak. Here are six ways you can tenderize meat.
1) Pound it
Not only is beating a raw steak with a meat mallet a great way to let anger out, but it is also very effective for tenderizing steak. Take the raw meat and lay it out on a clean surface, preferably on a cutting board or wax paper. Cover the top with wax paper to avoid mess, and pound the steak with a tenderizing mallet until it is nice and tender. Be careful not to go overboard, however. You can easily turn the meat into mush.
2) Beer Marinade
Beer has natural acids and tannins that break down meat fibers and make them tender. It can also give a nice flavor to the meat. Marinate your meat in a brew of your choice for at least an hour to tenderize it and give it a rich, vibrant flavor.
3) Salt It
Salt is actually an effective tenderizer and a great alternative if you do not want to use a marinade. Rub the meat in a lot of salt and let it sit for an hour or two. When you want to use it, rinse of the salt with water and pat the meat dry before cooking.
4) Ginger Marinade
Ginger is full of enzymes that will break meat down and it will give a unique, exotic flavor to your meat. The recipe you want to use depends on the type of meat you are cooking. Find a ginger marinade recipe that works for you and marinade the meat for at least an hour.
5) Slow Cook It
Heat is actually one of the most effective tools for breaking down tough meat fibers. But if you cook it too fast over a high temperature, the heat will not have the time to work. Instead, cook it over low temperatures for a long period of time in a slow cooker. You can also braise the meat on both sides with broth and put it in a covered dish and let it cook in the oven on low temperatures.
6) Lemon Juice
The acid in lemon juice breaks down tough meat and makes it nice and tender. Marinade the meat with lemon juice, either plain or with seasonings, for about an hour, and your meat will be nice and tender and have a bright, vibrant flavor. Lemon juice is especially good for grilling season.
Tough cuts of meat do not have to go on the plate tough. With these six methods, you will be able to make a meal you and your entire family will enjoy.