Chuck steak is one of the least expensive cuts of meat.
It is a great protein to add to a family meal, IF you know how to cook it correctly.
Chuck steak is a cut of meat from the front of that the cow that is known as being called sub primal and from the chuck area. It has a lot of connective tissue and for this reason can be tough and chewy, unless you know how to cook it well. If you can master this, then you can save LOTS on meat.
Below are some tips to make sure that you end up with a delicious and tender steak!
1. You want to make sure that you let the meat come to room temperature. The reason you want to do this is because the steak will cook more evenly on the outer edges and in the center if it is room temperature.
2. While the steak is sitting coming to room temperature, let it sit with salt all over it. Make sure to use a coarse salt, not regular table salt. You can crush some garlic and add to the salt. It will help to season the steak. The salt will help to break down the muscle and make the steak tender. ( I think this tip is the most important.)
3. Once you are ready to cook, rinse the salt mixture off of the meat and make sure to COMPLETELY dry the steak off with paper towels.
4. You can also try a marinade that is acidic instead of the salt method, just make sure to marinate it for at least 24 hours to give the marinade time to break down the muscle. You will still need to rinse and pat the meat completely dry before cooking it. (Tomato juice or citrus fruit juices are good choices for acidic marinades.)
5. Invest in a meat mallet. I can remember my granny pounding meat tender with a meat mallet when I was a little girl. It definitely works to break down the muscle, but it just takes a little elbow grease.
6. Marinate the meat in buttermilk. This can also create very tender meat because it is acidic and it makes a delicious marinade.
7. It is always good to get a good sear on the steak as well to lock in the juices, even if you are planning on cooking the meat in a crock pot.
8. And, finally let the steak rest for about 10 minutes before slicing against the grain. This will ensure a tender and juicy steak.
I hope these tips that I have shared help you to save money on your meat purchases!