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Making Beef Stew today....but.... can it be held over until tomorrow night?

iL Divo Dec 30, 2010 02:02 PM

For tomorrows dinner I'm serving a traditional beef stew with biscuits green salad etc. I'll also do a few desserts so I'll be busy which is why I'm making the main today.
Should I cook it all the way, until meat is ultra tender and hold it in frig until tomorrow about 4ish, or do it partial cooked? It's about 2 hours into it and I usually do an all day very slow low cooking method with it. A question may come up with depends on what's in it. Here's how it's made...

Beef Stew
4 lbs London Broil, cut up into just under an inch chunks
6 large carrots, cut up same
2 medium onions, chopped
7 large potatoes, peeled, cut in same above, held in lemon ice water until they go in pot
2 qts beef stock
3 T red wine vinegar, mostly to deglaze
olive oil
seasoned flour

In large dutch oven went 4 T olive oil and 4 T butter then melted.
Seasoned flour using steak seasoning and my house general seasoning.
Put the meat chunks in the flour and shook to coat all, then into the hot pan.
Seared all the meat on all sides and got a good brown crust on it.
In the dutch oven now goes onions & carrots, stir to coat all, then vinegar, stir well to bring up bits on bottom then ample beef stock, stir well, lid on. Very lowest stove burner I have. The potatoes will go in either later today or tomorrow if anyone thinks they'll be mushy.

Please advise.................

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    smartie RE: iL Divo Dec 30, 2010 02:03 PM

    always better the next day!

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      iL Divo RE: smartie Dec 30, 2010 04:34 PM

      oh good thanks smartie

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      bgbc RE: iL Divo Dec 30, 2010 02:06 PM

      A few months back I began cooking a slow-braised beef dish that needed four hours on the burner at a low heat -- and then had to go out before it was done. I think I also got a couple of hours in. I transferred the meat to a heatproof glass container that I covered and put straight into the fridge. Finished cooking the next day and stew was awesomely tender.

      So yes, you're fine. My understanding is that you want to cool the partially cooked meat quickly so it doesn't hang out at the danger zone for unwanted bacteria growth, which I think is something like 60' F to 125'F.

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        smtucker RE: iL Divo Dec 30, 2010 02:13 PM

        I think you will find this is one of the best stews you have ever had! I tend to leave out the pasta, rice, potato because they do disintegrate and that isn't my preferred texture.

        1. Euonymous RE: iL Divo Dec 30, 2010 02:18 PM

          Any stew is even better the next day. Cook the meat, onions, and carrots all the way today. I wouldn't cook the potatoes until you're about to serve them, though, as they will get mushy after a night in the refrigerator and then reheating.

          This is probably too late to help, but why are you using london broil for a stew? I think chuck would work much better.

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            iL Divo RE: Euonymous Dec 30, 2010 04:37 PM

            oh no problem asking about the cut of meat.
            I love the London Broil cut of meat. always have and use it often in many things where I could use any other cut of beef.
            It was only $13 or this gorgeous slab so the price was right and I have used it often in stew/chilies/sauces/stroganoffs/etc.

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              c oliver RE: Euonymous Dec 31, 2010 12:38 PM

              I also prefer chuck to something as lean as LB. I also don't flour. Used to but it didn't seem to add anything. The potatoes will thicken the sauce some which is enough for me.

            2. tim irvine RE: iL Divo Dec 30, 2010 04:06 PM

              I'd hold out the taters and serve them steamed and parslied alongside the stew. I gave up on the idea of potatoes in stew years ago. Other than the potatoes disintegrating I agree stew is better the second day.

              1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Dec 30, 2010 04:43 PM

                came home a few minutes ago and checked on the concoction.
                hubby's been home all day watching football so knew it was safe.
                it's a wonderful smell in the house.
                stirred the pot, turned it off, as it's been hours now.
                cut a small sliver of beef along with a bit of the now luscious gravy.
                the meat is so tender so no need to worry about that tomorrow.
                the carrots are perfect and the onions all but disappeared so that's a good thing, just flavor imparted but no chunks.

                I'll put the taters in tomorrow to steam in broth for 1/2 and hour then add them to the stew.
                hubby is a stickler for how things are [sometimes] and leaving them out of the stew, and having them on the side, he may cry......... :)))

                now on to the ideas I have to muster up for the desserts.......yikes....so many to choose from.

                1. alanbarnes RE: iL Divo Dec 31, 2010 11:39 PM

                  When in doubt, throw it out.

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                    iL Divo RE: alanbarnes Jan 1, 2011 06:59 AM

                    AB...............when in doubt throw "what" out?
                    what am I missing here?

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                      c oliver RE: alanbarnes Jan 1, 2011 07:35 AM

                      I agree. Can't be too careful.

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                        iL Divo RE: c oliver Jan 1, 2011 07:59 AM

                        what does alanbarnes want me to toss in case I'm in doubt?

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                          hotoynoodle RE: c oliver Jan 1, 2011 08:51 AM

                          op has nothing of questionable integrity here. chill the stew overnight and reheat tomorrow.

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                            c oliver RE: hotoynoodle Jan 1, 2011 09:08 AM

                            I was responding to what I assume was humor on Alan's part. It seems to be a subject where he and I don't usually vote with the majority :)

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                              hotoynoodle RE: c oliver Jan 1, 2011 09:14 AM

                              ah, i've got that magic kitchen too, lol, which brings my b/f no ends of fits. "when are you putting this away into the fridge? ahem...." 8-something years of eating my food and he remains alive! :P

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                        sexyLAMBCHOPx RE: iL Divo Jan 1, 2011 09:03 AM

                        Recipe sounds great. Beef Stew always benefits, IMHO, with sitting in the fridge and enjoying the next day (slowly reheated) - Potatoes and all but I would suggest chunks so it doesnt disintergrate. I add Bay leafs and can tomato paste or diced tomatoes.

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                          iL Divo RE: sexyLAMBCHOPx Jan 1, 2011 10:51 AM

                          As many suggested it was duh bom the next night.
                          Way better than the day before. Did the pots in broth till tender, then added to stew.
                          Maybe best stew I've ever made. You know why? I can never leave things simple.
                          I always muck up recipes because my way of thinking is I can always make it better by adding a little of this or that. This time for once I refrained.

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                            hotoynoodle RE: iL Divo Jan 1, 2011 11:02 AM

                            fewer quality ingredients making for a better unified end product is very much the italian philosophy of cooking. no need to gild the lily. stews and braises are always, always improved by a few days chill-axing in the fridge to let the flavors meld.

                            good for you!

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                              iL Divo RE: hotoynoodle Jan 1, 2011 11:27 AM

                              Ah ha! Now I know why I've never had a bad meal, ever, anywhere in my favorite place on earth = Italy!!!!!
                              Those gorgeous folks sure know their cookin :)))

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                                hotoynoodle RE: iL Divo Jan 1, 2011 12:22 PM

                                as a woman of italian descent, i say, "grazie!"

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                                  iL Divo RE: hotoynoodle Jan 1, 2011 05:41 PM

                                  Prego (?????)

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                                    hotoynoodle RE: iL Divo Jan 1, 2011 05:45 PM

                                    oh, definitely not, LMAO!

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