Science of Meat
Cooking a delicious piece of meat over a grill, barbecue or in a pan often requires knowing top-secret culinary tricks, and many hours in the kitchen. Speed, experience and timing are important – as is the chemical reaction that takes place. Time to dust off the cobwebs, and spark up the Bunsen burner again.
What is Wagyu beef?
Many beef buffs are familiar with Wagyu, invoking visions of marbled cuts from pampered cows being fed beer and listening to classical music. Wagyu is renowned for being so tender it literally melts in your mouth.
When it comes to cooking steak, thicker is better. Achieving that perfect sear on the outside and juicy goodness in the inside is just a lot easier to do with thicker cuts.
Dry vs. Wet-Aged Beef
Whether dry-aged or wet-aged beef is better is often a conundrum many diners ponder when faced with a selection of steak cuts.
How Much Charcoal to Use When Grilling
You’ve just spent a small fortune on top quality meat, so don’t screw it up by getting short-sided on coals.
Can you tell when steak is medium-rare from a rare one? What about a medium-well from one that's well done?
Meat's Carbon Footprint
Meat certainly gets a bad rep when it comes to its Carbon Foodprint. And to a degree it deserves most of it; climate change is increasing rapidly and agriculture is one of the largest producers of greenhouse gases.
The Don Pedro
Ah – the Don Pedro. A retro-classic dessert drink synonymous with lively dinner parties. Traditionally served with whiskey, this vintage tipple is still hugely popular as an after-dinner treat.
The Humble Potato
The simple chip can be served thick or thin, curly or crinkly. And no pie, battered hake, burger – or steak – is complete without it. If that fillet could speak, it would say: “You complete me”.
5 Reasons to Eat More Steak
Maybe you like yours pan fried in Parisian butter. Or perhaps grilled, over a proper wood-fire braai.
Hopefully not stuffed with cheese and mussels..
How to Slice Steak
The way slice your steak can make a world of difference. You've probably read time and again that meat should be sliced "against the grain." Well – I hope you have. In fact it’s just as important as resting the meat if you want to enjoy the tenderest steak.
Healthiest Steaks to Eat
There are few things in life better than a perfectly cooked juicy steak. And while experts will bleat on about how unhealthy it is, numerous studies show that the link between red meat and cancer is weak at best. And that means you do not have to ditch steak altogether.
Reverse Sear: a Perfect Steak Every Time
It’s payday and you’ve picked up a couple of thick, dry-aged matured bone-in ribeye steaks. Make sure you cook those babies perfectly every time. This may just be the best way to cook steak at home.
How Many Steaks from a cow?
Ay caramba – how long is a piece of string? When will Medupi be completed? How tall is a Prasa train? These are the things that keep me up at night. It all really depends on what types of steaks and what other kinds of cuts you may want.
Boring ole Fillet
What makes a great steak – flavour or tenderness? In today’s modern world we are conditioned to eating meat from grain-fed animals raised in feedlots, and slaughtered when relatively young.
Secret Butcher's Cuts
Butchers are a cunning bunch. There are a handful of cuts that most customers don’t know to ask for; they’re known as “butcher’s cuts” – and are often a delicious tasting chunk of meat. So we're going to let you in on the secret cuts that butchers have been keeping to themselves. Read on, take notes, then hightail it to your nearest butcher.
Wood or Gas?
The most frequently asked question since "What is the Meaning of Life?" - the flame war between wood purists and gas hotheads burns brighter than the debate between Mac and PC users.
Things you Didn't Know about steak
The red liquid in your steak is not blood! Nearly all blood is removed from meat during slaughter. “Red” meats are composed of a fair bit of water, which mixed with a protein called myoglobin, ends up making up most of that red liquid.
The World's Most Expensive Steak!
I promise I'll never moan about the cost of a steak again. A young sixth generation French breeder/butcher continues his family legacy of producing some rather unique - and expensive - meat. How much you ask? The 2000 vintage cote de boeuf (rib steak) can command $3,200. Not the kinda steak you want to order with a cheese sauce!
What your Steak says about You
I love steak. Well – red meat really. Moist beef biltong. Thick juicy lamb loin chops. I love it so much that when my doctor said I’ll die of heart disease one day, I changed doctors.
What makes a Great Steak?
Judging good steak can be a complicated decision process; as there are a myriad of factors that influence the final product. Meat judging can be assessed “on the hoof”, “on the hook” and “on taste”.