WE ALL LOVE COMING HOME TO THE RICH AROMA OF A HEARTY BEEF STEW SEEPING FROM THE SLOW COOKER. DICED BEEF IS A WONDERFUL WAY TO MAKE A MORE AFFORDABLE CUT GO THE DISTANCE. FLAVOUR DEPTH DEVELOPS WHEN COOKED WITH MOISTURE OVER A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME PRODUCING AN IMPRESSIVE TENDER RESULT.
Diced beef can be cooked with vegetables and added through a curry or simply simmered in a broth packed full with winter vegetables. Searing or browning the outer, lean surface of meat, usually at a fairly high temperature beforehand, develops flavour and colour through caramelisation. It is an important step in several cooking methods to produce a tasty meal. Once browned, transfer to a casserole dish, add cubed seasonal vegetables. Remove excess fat from pan and add stock or liquid, stir well then pour over meat and vegetables. Liquid should almost cover meat. Cover dish tightly and cook in a preheated oven or slow cooker according to the recipe. If using a slow cooker, follow the above steps but do not add as much liquid (water, stock, wine). Generally 1 cup of liquid is usually sufficient for cooking with 1 kg of meat. More liquid will be required if rice, pasta or dumplings are added. A tight-fitting lid holds in the steam that helps to soften the connective tissue, making the meat more tender.