Knowing how to cook meat can open up a delicious world of possibilities. However, with so many recipes that feature meat, there are just as many instructions to remember. Whether you’re cooking all-natural beef, chicken, or pork, there’s no fixed “how to cook meat” rule that will produce the same tasty results for all three. One of the first steps a food lover can take toward becoming a connoisseur of fine cuisine is to learn about each meat and its features. Here is a basic overview of the factors you should take into account before you set off to cook meat:
- Temperature: Before you stick a turkey in the oven or toss ground beef into a pan, it is important to understand what temperature you’re cooking at. The USDA provides a list of internal temperature recommendations to help regulate the safe consumption of meat. Consider buying a meat thermometer to ensure the healthiest, juiciest meals.
- Cooking Time: Generally, the time it takes to cook meat is defined in terms of minutes per pound. This should be regarded as a basic starting point. To determine whether meat is fully cooked, stick a thermometer into the meat and refer to its recommended internal temperature.
- Cookware: What you cook your meat in will affect how long it takes to cook, and in turn, how it will taste. You can take a lot of the guesswork out of cooking meat by learning the difference between using a slow cooker and an oven, or how a steak cooked on an open grill compares to a steak on a cast-iron pan.
- Method: Moist heat and dry heat are the two basic methods to cooking meat. For less tender cuts of meat, like whole chicken, you’ll want to use moist heat cooking methods. These consist of braising or stewing. For tender cuts of meat, like pork chop, you can cook with a dry heat method such as pan-frying or grilling.
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