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Cook meat in water?

  1. Apr 15, 2008 #1

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    How long does it take to cook chunks of steak or beef in water?
     
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  3. Apr 15, 2008 #2

    wolram

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    It depends on the cut and quality of the meat, but cooking in just water?
     
  4. Apr 15, 2008 #3

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    Are you talking about braising or stewing?
     
  5. Apr 15, 2008 #4

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    Fish: five minutes. A tough piece of shoe leather you want to turn into a tasty chili: hours.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2008 #5

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    :rofl:

    Best to brown the meat first, by cooking in pan. Then cook in water, which would take a few hours depending. Is one make stew or soup?
     
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  7. Apr 15, 2008 #6

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    If you have a cheap cut of beef, coat it with salt and pepper and garlic powder and onion powder. Then brown it in peanut oil until every surface is browned and there is some dark residue on the bottom of the pan.

    Once that is done, add at least a cup or so of dry red wine to the pot, enough water to cover the meat, put a lid on the pot so that the water doesn't go dry, and simmer for 3-4 hours. Add quartered potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage, turnip, and other vegetables that you like and simmer for at least another hour or two. Congratulations! You've got a New England boiled dinner. If you want to perfect this, take out all the solid ingredients and whisk in a very thick flour-in-water paste while simmering the juices until the juiced thicken to a nice gravy. Don't say I didn't warn you - this stuff does not last long.
     
  8. Apr 15, 2008 #7

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    As other posters have said, it really depends on the cut. Some cuts of beef do very well in water (broth is better), but a cut that's better cooked in dry heat (e.g., steak) won't do so well.

    Typically, a moist cooked meat will toughen in the first hour or so; as it continues to simmer, it will become more tender.

    Oh, and don't boil it vigorously. Try for a slow simmer.
     
  9. Apr 15, 2008 #8
    why would you want to boil meat in water? (I dont eat meat because it makes me sick) Im just curious because Ive always seen people bake it in the oven or BRBQ it. My mom has been known to cook a roast in the slow cooker, which requires water, but then how do you eat it? Straight up or do you add stuff to it?
     
  10. Apr 15, 2008 #9
    If you have just moved out on your own get a crock pot. AKA slow cooker
     
  11. Apr 15, 2008 #10
    Why would you boil beef? That's a total waste... even if you use it in a soup, you'd at least fry it on the pan first and then throw it in.
     
  12. Apr 15, 2008 #11
    Cooking beef in broth or water is how you make the absolute best beef stew. It takes a hell of a long time though.
     
  13. Apr 15, 2008 #12

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    It depends on the meat. You would always boil a corned beef brisket. Some cuts of meat are tough and need braising (browning then simmering in liquid).
     
  14. Apr 15, 2008 #13
    Are you talking like poaching, like you might with trout?
     
  15. Apr 15, 2008 #14
    Yeah, this is actually what I meant when I said "fry". I don't know your fancy cooking wordometry.
     
  16. Apr 16, 2008 #15

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    Just run your tap until it's hot, hold the meat under it for 30 seconds or so, and it's done. You certainly don't want to heat it up enough to stop the bleeding, but it should be at normal body temperature to taste right.
     
  17. Apr 16, 2008 #16

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    Haven't had a quantitative answer yet.
     
  18. Apr 16, 2008 #17

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    Yes, you have. Several, in fact.

    The type of cooking you hinted at calls for a cheap cut of meat, aka shoe leather. Do not do this with good steak. The longer you cook it, the better. As Lisa mentioned, it will get tougher during the first hour of cooking. The germs will have been killed by then, but that is not what you are after. You want that toughness to go away. That takes time. Hours. The longer, the better.
     
  19. Apr 16, 2008 #18

    Danger

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    Hey, I didn't get quoted there!
    Is this some form of prejudice against true carnivores?
    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the perfect fast food involves a chainsaw and a cow... fire is optional.
     
  20. Apr 16, 2008 #19

    tgt

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    How about just frying the steak? From raw to eaten, cooked only on the fry pan. How long will that take?
     
  21. Apr 16, 2008 #20

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    Well, it depends on how thick your steak is, and how you like it done (raw/medium/well-done?)
     
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