beef stew drama!
- chelleyd01 Oct 29, 2007 02:26 PM
I dredged stew beef in seasoned flour, browned it in a mix of veg oil and bacon drippings and added it to a pot with a can of beef consomme, some wine, salt and pepper. It cooked for several hours on Friday evening and then it went into the fridge until today. It has heated thoroughly and some of the meat is well...chewy. Can I do something to it other than let it simmer a few more hours to achieve tenderness? (My other won't touch an onion or a cooked carrot for 10 county miles, hence the meat and gravy only).
I wonder if you could take just a piece of stew meat and put it in the microwave just on the chance that nukin' it might tenderize it. Of course, it may turn into tire tread, too.
Having not been there, I find it difficult to guess, but.... (1) did you trim all the silver skin, if there was any? (2) did you cook it at a low temperature (too hot for too long might cause it to seize up)? (3) did it stay moist through the cooking? These are just guesses. Sorry. I think that you're doomed to further simmering. I would microwave the meat; I doubt, given the nature of the heating, that it help the texture.
EDIT: It should have read that I would *not* microwave the meat.
The "chewiness" depends on what kind of meat it is, I would simmer it longer. When I do beef stew, it probably simmers for 6 hours in total from start to finish.
If you cooked the meat at a full boil, you're out of luck. The key to tenderizing cuts of meat with lots of connective tissue is to keep the temperature low. Vigorous boiling actually causes the meat to toughen up.