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
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.