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Sep 9, 2012 02:06 PM

Braising beef - how long?

I have a recipe for braised beef, but I want to cut the quantity in half. Does that mean I cook the cooking time in half? It says 325 for 2.5 hours for 3lbs

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  1. No, it doesn't mean cut the cooking time in half. It will, however, cook slightly faster than the full 3 pound version. At the temperature your recipe recommends, just check it after an hour or hour and a half to see how its coming along. IMO, 325 is about 120 degrees too high for a braise. I'd be looking at something around 200 - 210 for a good braise. Braising is a technique usually applied to tough cuts of meat that are meant to cook low and slow so that the connective tissue gelatinizes rendering the meat fork tender.