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Delicious ways to use overcooked meats


Leaving a cut of meat cooking for too long or with insufficient liquid can result in a dry and tough result. Not all is lost however. Addressing the issue quickly or with some creativity can ensure that you and your family still enjoy a delicious protein-packed meal. 

Softening the meat
You can’t rehydrate dry, overcooked meat, but you can make it easier to eat. Examine the cut or roast to determine the direction of the grain. This consists of the fibres present in all meat, which run in one predominant direction and form a distinctive pattern.

By BrownGuacamole
Overcooked meat can still be salvaged for a sandwich or stew.

Slice the meat as thinly as possible, cutting against the direction of the grain. This cuts the fibres into small pieces, which makes the meat easier for your teeth to break down, giving the meat a more tender texture.

Arrange the meat slices along the bottom of a casserole dish. If it was a roast, you can transfer the drippings to a saucepan and boil with 2 cups of chicken, beef or vegetable stock to create a mixture to pour over the meat. For other types of meat, you can heat up sauces which go well with them. The heated sauce or stock gives the meat the appearance of juiciness while helping to keep what little moisture remains in the protein.

Pour the stock or sauce over the meat in the casserole dish. Cover and place into an oven heated to about 180oC for five to 10 minutes. Using a steam combination oven like those in the Electrolux Inspiration range with its steam cooking function can also help to preserve the moisture in the dish.

Dicing and shredding
For those faced with large portions of dried beef or pork from last night’s BBQ, look into dicing or shredding the meat for use in dishes where its texture will be less of a problem.

The resulting meat can be used in sandwiches, omelets, fried rice, tacos and salads for a packed lunch from home the next day.

Stewed meat
By shinyai
Stewing dry or tough meat helps to tenderise it and give it the appearance of juiciness.

Soups and stews
Using overcooked meat in stews and soups are another popular – and delicious – option for preventing wastage. Just cut the overcooked meat into small portions and use them in a stew or soup. Cook the mixture on low heat and simmer. The cooking process will tenderise the overcooked protein and while it may not taste like much on its own, the resulting broth will more than make up for it.

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