As the cold days of winter continue to drag on, there’s more inclination towards comfort foods and something more crunchy and chewy. While a thick bowl of hot soup or a stew may be the ultimate warming meal, a chewy and crunchy beef barbeque or a delicious steak is something you can’t possibly miss.
From succulent roasts, to curries and casseroles beef is sure to satisfy your winter cravings. You could also pair your beef with some of the best wines in the world or even use a dash of it to add that zing to your beefy dish.
Beef is full of iron and zinc, which is known to prevent and protect against infections by bacteria, viruses and parasites, that is common during winter. Beef is also an excellent source of the antioxidant selenium (antioxidants defend and repair immune cells) which boosts the immune system.
Red meat is a major source of protein, which is needed for muscle and organ health. The protein found in beef contains all the amino acids that the body cannot make on its own. It is essential for the body’s repair and renewal as well as general health.
Roasted beef is considered as a Yang food and is helpful in keeping the body heat during winter.
It is also known to prevent constipation which is likely during winter due to consumption of fried food and breads.
The high heat used in these cooking methods seals the flavour of the beef and is perfect for tender cuts such as steaks. These cuts can be cooked with minimal oil. Just brush the steaks with a little oil to prevent them from sticking and place in a smoking hot griddle pan or frying pan, under the grill until the meat is cooked.
Roast beef with shavings and trimmings is a perfect Sunday lunch. Roast the meat in a medium oven to reduce shrinkage and seal in the flavours. Small joints tend to shrink more than large ones, so choose a good-sized piece of meat – any leftovers can be used in sandwiches or enjoyed with a salad.
Braising is all about sealing the meat and cooking it in liquid. This is the best way to cook leaner cuts of beef. Sealing the meat locks in its flavour and juices. Braising is the best technique for casseroles.
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