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Jun 16, 2007 06:47 AM

Beef Stew Question

Hello all!

I'm making a wonderful (I hope) beef stew this weekend. I just realized I need double the beef that I have. Here is my dilemma. I have a chuck roast - tasty, but fatty and have to skim off the fat. Can I mix meet in this stew - chuck roast with a leaner cut? Or, will that taste weird?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. You can mix the meat, say by using a sirloin on sale or something, but the difference in taste and texture will probably be somewhat noticeable. Keep the meat pieces small.

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    1. re: Fuser

      If you mix cuts of meat it will show up because the cooking time will not be the same. If know the cooking of each cut you can add the meat that requires less time to the stew pot later in the cooking process. Then the texture will be closer to each other.

      When we make Chinese beef stew with tendons, I normally cook them in two pots and mix together just before making the final seasoning and so the tendons are not overcooked.

      The only drawback is this trick requires pactice, good luck.

    2. just brown the chuck after you have cubed it which will get rid of most of fat, drain and put in pot (the cooking vessel) not the smoking stuff and it will be fine-just because you ve 2 different cuts of meat wont be a prob

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      1. re: UES Mayor

        Thanks for the responses, everyone. They all make sense now that I read them :).