Next week we will be celebrating Essential Beef Tools week along with EatinEatOut Magazine. To get things rolling we wanted to introduce you to what we consider to be the top five beef essential tools. These are tools that take that great quality Canada Beef you come home with from the store and make the best of it to turn out the best meal possible.
Yesterday, we talked about why you should choose Canada Beef and what else to look for when choosing your beef. Check out that post for tips to help you buy the best Canada Beef. Of course, buying the best beef does not guarantee your meal will turn out perfect. There are a lot of factors that go into the cooking process that can make or break a meal. Some of the cooking tools you use play a very important part in how that meal turns out. Review the tools and tips below to make sure that nice cut of quality meat doesn’t go to waste.
- Thermometer- Using a meat thermometer is very important in the cooking process. Both overcooking and under cooking your beef can ruin a meal and be unsafe. Many people think they can tell if their beef is done by cutting into it and judging by color but this method can be very unreliable. Different thermometers work best with different cuts of meat. For roasts, you will want a thermometer with a digital read out and alarm that sounds when the roast is done. This makes pondering the timing on your roast almost foolproof. For steaks and burgers, use an instant read thermometer with a digital read-out. Not sure on what temperature is best? Beef burgers are done when thermometer reads 160°F(71°C).
- The Heavy Bottom Saute/Roasting Pan- This type of pan has a wide range of uses but it is the key for creating those restaurant style steaks with the wonderful au-jus sauce. Adding a rack to the bottom of the pan makes it a great choice for cooking roast beef as well.
- The Carving Knife- Many people think a knife is a knife and it does not really matter which one you use. A good quality carving knife though can make a big difference when you are cutting up beef. Using a carving knife allows you to cut the meat much thinner and by doing this brings out the tenderness in the beef. It is also great to get lunch meat style cuts out of your beef.
- Clam Shell Tongs- Sometimes when that beef is cooking and suddenly needs to be turned, you grab the first utensil in sight to accomplish this. After all, you’re just turning the meat, right? Well, yes but just think of all of those precious juices inside and if you use something to turn that pierces the beef, out comes all of that yummy flavor. That is why clam shell tongs are perfect for this task. Buy the kind with the silicone covered tips and they are great for stirring as well and won’t scratch your pan.
- Enameled Cast Iron Pan- For some dishes like pot roasts and stews you will want a heavy pan with a tight fitting lid and a cast iron pan is perfect for this. The cast iron ensures that heat is distributed evenly and tight fitting lid ensures that all of your moisture stays in.
Have a shopping trip of beef tools to buy now? There is a possibility you could win one of the above tools with Canada Beef and EatinEatout Magazine next week during Essential Beef Tools week. Follow along each day, Monday through Friday to learn about how using these tools can improve your meals and then enter to win one. Also, be sure you join us for our Top 5 Beef Essentials Twitter Chat on Wednesday September 18th at 1pm ET.