Yum! Beef Stew! Thinking about it provides a sense of comfort and warmth for cool days or any day for that matter. It can be appreciated any time of year. But what makes a excellent beef stew? Read on!
A excellent beef stew starts out with great meat. Needless to say, there are many cuts of meat available in the meat department. Purchasing the best cut of meat can be as simple as choosing a new package of stew meat already cut into small pieces for easy browning. You can also pick a piece of beef and have the butcher cut the meat for you. However, when I decide to purchase my meat, I make sure it is Angus beef as it has less marbling and is more tender than other forms of beef, perfect for the best stews.
You can not have beef stew with no vegetables. Onions are a personal matter but I make sure they are in my stew. Consider adding other fresh seasonal ingredients from your backyard.
The best way to cook your ingredient to perfection is up to debate. Most often you consider beef stew simmering on top of the stove in a Dutch oven daily. Some use their crock pot, allowing the stew to simmer all day without needing to watch it over. I, however, would like to lift up an alternate. My favorite way to cook beef stew is to add all the ingredients into my electric pressure cooker. This is the simplest and fastest"place it in and leave it" way of cooking that I have found. After browning your meat (from the pressure cooker) simply add your favorite ingredients, water and broth, set the timer for a half hour or so. With an electric pressure cooker infuses flavor into all your ingredients. Simply put your frozen meats, veggies and fluids into your pressure cooker, place the controls for about one hour and PRESTO! You have a fantastic beef stew prepared to serve.
Regardless of what ingredients you decide to use or what method of cooking you choose, making beef stew to your family is a superb way to bring satisfaction and warmth to your table. Treat your family to some now!