Storified by ebanreb· Mon, Apr 08 2013 20:36:34
Cooking beef does require some special techniques, but once achieved the results are delicious. There are various ways that you can cook beef, and there are also many different cuts of beef. The steer (cow) when it is cut up has nine primary sections of beef. They are as follows: chuck, rib, brisket, shank, flank, short loin, round, sirloin and tenderloin. Some cuts of beef are more tender than others. The tenderloin is the most tender and expensive cut of beef.
You can cook beef in a pan, crock pot, pressure cooker, oven, barbeque grill, or even on an open fire. Depending on the beef recipe that you are cooking will determine the device that you should utilize to get the best results.
There are two instruments that you should have available when cooking beef. And, those are a good knife and a meat thermometer. A meat thermometer is utilized to make sure the meat is properly cooked. This is especially important when cooking a large cut of beef like a roast. And, a good knife is needed to cut or trim your beef to your liking prior to cooking. Purchasing a good set of knives for your home kitchen will help you in preparation time.
The art of cooking a good steak is learned with practice. Searing and timing the steak makes all the difference in the flavor. Whether you like it rare, medium, medium well, or well done, it's knowing how many minutes to cook the steak on each side depending the thickness of the cut of beef.
There are various cooking charts available online to help you with the timing involved with cooking beef. An undercooked or overcooked steak is the most common error for novice cooks. Once you've mastered your techniques like a good chef you will know when it is cooked to the desired outcome. Below are 3 delicious beef recipes.
Marinated Flank Recipe (Grilled)
Ingredients needed: 1/3 cup of vegetable oil 1/4 cup of soy sauce 1/3 cup of red wine vinegar 3 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoon of Dijon mustard 3 cloves of minced garlic 1/3 teaspoon of ground black pepper 1 - 2 pounds of flank steak
Preparation instructions: In a bowl, mix olive oil, vinegar (wine), cup of soy sauce, lemon or lime juice, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and garlic.
Place flank in a large dish. Pour the marinade on the steak, turning to coat the meat.
Keep covered and leave it refrigerated for 5 hours.
Preheat the grill to medium to high heat. The grill grates should be oiled.
Place steaks on heated grill, the marinade should be discarded.
Grill the meat for 4 to 6 minutes each side, or until your desired liking.