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tricks you use for picky eaters

I'm married to a man who has an aversion to 'undercooked' meat. He wants all meat he eats to be burnt and blackened, then he feels comfortable eating it. Here's the trick I use when cooking for this man... and it works! In a fry pan with a small amount of oil, I add about a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. I cook this till the sugar turns black. I then add any cut of meat and fry it at a proper temperature and for the length of time to cook the meat till it is (what any normal person considers) done. It will look burnt on the outside because of the sugar, but will be tender, flavorful and juicy inside. The small amount of sugar which blackens the outside doesn't affect the flavor of the meat. My hubby is happy thinking I seared all his meat to death.

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  1. Don't tell them it's veal.And hide the anchovies.I'm not kidding.The tricks I use for picky eaters.

    1. The fact that he can't tats the sugary coating on his meat says a lot.

      1. Why not just cook his meat the way he likes it? It's just a preference.

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        1. re: viperlush

          I am cooking meals for the both of us. A roast beef, chicken, pork loin. It's often inconvenient or impossible for me to prepare 2 separate meals. I don't like my food burnt. Once meat reaches that point it's tough, tasteless and dry. If I'm making burgers, It's easy to take mine out early and leave his in the pan till they're charcoal patties. But most other meat meals it's difficult to prepare a his & her's version.

          1. re: i_am_Lois

            you have my deepest and utmost sympathy. (pls don't ask me to go into detail)

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          1. I don't understand either - if he likes it cooked well done, why not just do it that way?

            My husband thought that he liked his steaks medium well when we started dating. We were at a resort and both ordered steak, and he was accidentally given mine. He ate it all, and changed his mind about meat cooking.

            My steak was not so great at that meal.

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            1. re: jw615

              My husband was the same way when we met. Not sure how we converted him to medium rare. I am getting annoyed with my parents who keep asking for medium rare plus.