ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Slow Cooking Made Easy

Updated on March 16, 2010

Many receipies call for specific types of meat in order to prepare the receipe properly. The biggest problem many suffer is if they cannot get the right cut, they will have to substitue say a chuck steak for a brasing steak. This sometimes has disasterous results since each cut has different moisture retention and different toughness already. I have several tricks to keep my meat moist (no pun intended) and tender. If you have access to a crock pot or slow cooker, these are the best kithcen appliances in the world. Let's use my favorite example of the Pot Roast. 1 x 1lb Pot roast (or chuck roast or any other cut), 6 cubes of Beef Bolian, 6 cups of water, 1/2 stick of butter (1/2 cup), your favorite spices (I prefer pepper, sea salt, 1 tbl spoon garlic, onion powder, and meat tenderizer). I stab the meat with a fork all over to open up the under layers of meat. Then rub the meat with the powdery spices. Place meat into bottom of crock pot. Add your favorite veggies (carrots and thinly cut potatoes are the best). Add the water, butter, and bolian cubes to pot. Cook on med-high (depending on the cooker) for 4 hours. Check potatoes for tenderness. Flip meat and cook another 30 minutes. Cut and serve. This will keep it moist.

If you do not have access to a crock pot/slow cooker, you can still get moist meat while using the oven. A good way is to take the receipe above and cut the water down to 1 cup and disolve the cubes inside the measuring cup. You will need baking bags comonly used for turkeys at Thanksgiving made by Renolds. I've used both the disposable ones as well as a cooking pan I make spagheti noodles using. Place bag in your choice of pan after following it's instructions of flouring it. Place seasoned meat, carrots, and potatoes inside bag in a baking pan. Add butter and water/bolian mixture to bag. Cut slits in bag (I prefer close to the top of the bag so I can flip it if needed). Bake for time specified for weight on bag (all bags are different). Filp about half way through cooking but be consious of where the slits in the bag are at so you don't mess the pan if you don't need to do so. Remove from bag and serve.

These are my two methods of keeping my meat all nice and juicy without becoming tough. If you cannot do either of these, the only other way to keep the meat from drying out is to place the food in a pan that has a lid and baste every half hour until cooked.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Victel profile image

      Victel 

      10 years ago from Breda, The Netherlands

      Excellent response to my question. I bet dinners in your house are great!! Thanks for your great hub.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)