• Stop Sausages From Splitting
    Cooking,  Sausages

    Stop Sausages Splitting When Frying, Grilling & Baking

    A common problem that many people face when cooking sausages is the fact that they keep on splitting and bursting open. When you are attempting to cook a nice meal, this can have a negative effect on the presentation of the dish. So how do you stop your sausages from splitting open when cooking? The main reason sausages burst during cooking is due to being cooked from cold, on too high of a heat. When the heat is too high, the fat and liquid within the sausage begin to boil. This builds pressure inside the casing until it cannot contain it any longer, causing the sausage to split open. Do…

  • Prevent Dry Stewing Beef
    Beef,  Cooking,  Food Preparation

    Prevent Dry, Tough & Tasteless Stewing Beef

    There is nothing worse than smelling a beautiful hearty stew cooking all day, only to find the meat tough, dry and tasteless when you come to eat it. So why does stewing beef get dry, tough and tasteless? To ensure that you have a stew that contains fork tender, tasty chunks of stewing beef, you have to use selected cuts of meat that contain fat marbling, and will break down during the long cooking process. Lean, prime cuts of beef may look tempting, but will result in a poor eating stew. This article will explain the best cuts to use to ensure an tasty and tender stew, and the beef…

  • Chicken,  Cooking,  Food Preparation

    How Much Meat You Get From A Whole Chicken & Chicken Portions!

    When buying chicken to use in a recipe to feed your family or guests, you may not know how much useable meat you will get from the whole chicken you have just bought. In this article we will look at the different yields of meat you can expect to get from a chicken , based on both raw and cooked whole chickens. So how much meat is there on a whole chicken? A general yield you can expect to get from a whole raw chicken after the bones have been removed is approximately 65% of the weight of the chicken. The yield from a whole cooked chicken drops to approximately…

  • Cooking Use By Meat
    Cooking,  Food Preparation,  Food Safety

    Does Cooking Meat Extend The ‘Use By’ Date?

    You may have found some meat in the refrigerator that needs using that day and wondered if cooking the meat will extend the ‘Use By’ date. So does cooking meat extend the ‘Use By’ Date? No, cooking the meat does not extend the ‘Use By’ date, however it does give you longer to use the meat. Once the meat has been cooked, the ‘Use by’ date becomes redundant, as this is the date that the meat needed to be either cooked or frozen by. Once cooked, the meat has a useable time of up to three more days. Sometimes dates marked on foods can be confusing and may lead you…

  • Cooking Ground Beef and Pork Together
    Beef,  Cooking,  Pork,  Shopping For Meat

    Pork And Beef CAN Be Cooked Together In The Same Pan!

    There are many dishes that can call for a combination of Pork and Beef meats to be cooked together, and you could be left wondering if it is possible to cook the meats together in the same pan. So can Pork and Beef be cooked together in the same pan? Yes, the flavors of pork and beef compliment each other and can be cooked together without issue. Many recipes such as Meatloaf, Spaghetti, Meatballs etc call for a combination of both pork and beef, and it makes sense to combine the meats and cook them together in the same pan. Whether you are cooking ground meats, steaks or roasts, the…

  • Making Corned Beef Brisket
    Beef,  Cooking,  Food Preparation

    Corned Beef Brisket – How to Cure, Prepare, Cook and Serve

    Corned beef brisket is a delicious dish, typically served in Ireland or on St. Patrick’s day. However, it is a great dish to serve anywhere, anytime, and it’s not hard to make. So what is corned beef brisket, and how do you cure, prepare, cook, and serve the meat? Corned beef brisket is the breast area of the cow, which becomes tender when cooked slowly. The beef is cooked in many herbs and spices, which gives the Corned Beef brisket a bold flavor. It is a versatile cut that can be served with cabbage and potatoes for a traditional Irish dish, or in a sandwich with sauerkraut for a lighter…

  • Raw Pork Tenderloin
    Cooking,  Food Preparation,  Meat,  Pork

    Pork Tenderloin Explained- Prep, Serving Size & Cooking Tips!

    Pork tenderloin is a succulent tender cut of meat that can make any meal an instant hit when done right. However, many people shy away from trying this cut of pork as they are unsure how to prepare it, and how to cook it to perfection. So what is a Pork Tenderloin? The pork tenderloin is a long thin muscle that runs along the inside of the pork loin ribs of a pig. There are 2 pork tenderloins per animal, and they weigh approx. 20 – 24 ounces each. These muscles are the most tender cut of meat from the pig, and can be cooked in a variety of ways…

  • Pork Belly Explained
    Cooking,  Food Preparation,  Meat,  Pork

    What Is Belly Pork? – 12 Delicious Cuts Explained!

    Pork Belly AKA Belly Pork, is a wonderful cut of meat that offers a wide variety of menu options depending on how it is prepared. This article will explain to you some of the many different ways that belly pork can be prepared and cooked to allow you to really enjoy this flavorful cut of pork to its fullest. So where does Pork Belly come from? Pork belly comes from a pig, and is the underside belly of the animal. The full belly has a sheet of ribs running through half of it, before tailing off to become boneless. The belly is a very fatty cut of meat, but is…

  • Chicken,  Cooking,  Food Preparation,  Food Safety,  Meat

    Cooked Chicken Looks Pink! How To Tell if It’s Safe To Eat.

    There is nothing worse than preparing cooked chicken for a meal, starting to carve, and seeing that it is still pink! Suddenly you are left wondering whether you are about to poison all your guests or family! Well don’t PANIC!!! Here we will explain when it is, and isn’t. safe to eat pink chicken. So how do you know if pink chicken is safe to eat? Cooked chicken that looks pink when you cut into it, does not necessarily mean that it is undercooked, or unsafe to eat. Although many people rely on clear juices to determine doneness, the only positive way is doing a temperature check. When probed in…

  • Beef,  Cooking,  Food Preparation,  Meat,  Shopping For Meat

    Braising Steak & Stewing Steak – The Differences Explained!

    When the cold weather arrives and you decide it’s time to make some delicious comforting meals, you may see recipes asking for braising steak or stewing steak and not know what the difference is between the two cuts of beef. This article hopes to answer those questions for you. So what is the difference between Braising Steak and Stewing Steak? Braising Steak and Stewing Steak are tougher cuts of beef taken from the shoulder of a cow. Braising steak is usually leaner and cooked as slices, whereas stewing steak is cut into bite sized chunks that may break into smaller pieces during cooking. Both cuts require slow cooking in a…