Tips and Techniques

Cooking Methods

When you’re pressed for time or you want to envelope your home in the warmth of a slow-cooking roast on a winter’s day, oven roasting requires little attention while delivering mouth-watering, tender roasts every time.

What You’ll Need

  • Seasonings of your choice
  • Roasting pan with wire rack
  • Aluminum foil
  • Instant-read thermometer

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F.
  2. Season your roast liberally with salt, pepper, and your favorite seasonings.
  3. Place your roast fat side up on a wire rack and place it into a roasting pan.
  4. Place roast, uncovered, into your preheated oven and cook for 15 minutes to create a flavorful, browned crust on the outside of your roast and lock in the juices.
  5. After 15 minutes, reduce the temperature of your oven to 325°F and continue to slow-cook your roast until it reaches your desired degree of doneness; use an instant-read thermometer to accurately check the temperature of your roast.
  6. Remove your roast from the oven and tent with aluminum foil for at least 10 minutes; this gives the roast time to rest and redistribute the juices.
  7. Slice your roast across the grain and serve.
  8. Enjoy!

Braising allows you to step it up a notch in the kitchen and serve restaurant quality beef with minimal effort.

Christensen Ranch Beef Braising Beef

What You’ll Need

  • Heavy-lidded stockpot or Dutch oven
  • Wooden turner / spatula
  • Oil of your choice
  • Seasonings
  • Vegetables of your choice
  • Braising liquid of your choice

Instructions

  1. Heat a thin layer of oil in your stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat.
  2. Preheat your oven to 325°F.
  3. Season your cut of beef on all sides.
  4. When the oil shimmers, place your beef in the pot.
  5. Sear the beef slowly on all sides, including the ends.
  6. Remove your beef from the pot.
  7. Using the drippings left behind from searing, cook your chopped vegetables, stirring frequently over medium high heat; aim for a caramel brown color.
  8. Deglaze the pot by adding your braising liquid.
  9. Scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pot using your wooden turner and stir until they are dissolved.
  10. Return your beef to the pot. The braise should not cover the meat – you don’t want to boil it in the liquid.
  11. Bring the liquid to a simmer.
  12. Cover the pot and place it into your preheated oven and cook until it’s reached your desired degree of doneness; use an instant-read thermometer to accurately check the temperature of your beef.

Whether it’s summer or you’re an all-season griller, this method allows you to sear in the juices while adding a depth of flavor not found in other cooking methods.

Christensen Ranch Beef Grilling Beef

What You’ll Need

  • Seasonings of your choice
  • Marinade if preferred
  • Charcoal or gas grill
  • Tongs
  • Instant-read thermometer

Instructions

  1. If you’re using a marinade, you’ll want to marinate your beef for at least 10 minutes prior to cooking. Allowing the meat to marinate longer, but not more than 24 hours, will increase the intensity of the flavor.
  2. Preheat your grill until it is 500°F.
  3. Season your cut of beef.
  4. Place your beef on the grill and cook covered until the juices begin to rise to the surface, about 2 minutes.
  5. Using tongs, flip your beef over and grill to your desired degree of doneness; use an instant-read thermometer to accurately check the temperature of your beef.
  6. Remove your beef from the grill and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes.

Ready for beef now? Broiling is the quickest way to enjoy tender, juicy beef with minimal effort.

Christensen Ranch Beef Broiling Beef

What You’ll Need

  • Seasonings of your choice
  • Broiling pan
  • Tongs
  • Instant-read thermometer

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven’s broiler for at least 10 minutes or according to oven manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Place your oven rack 3 – 5 inches from the heating element.
  3. Season your cuts of beef as desired.
  4. Place your cuts of beef on the broiling pan and place the broiling pan into your oven.
  5. Using tongs to avoid piercing the beef and losing any of the juices, flip your beef over when juices begin to rise to the surface.
  6. Check the degree of doneness of your cuts of beef after they have cooked a few minutes on each side ; use an instant-read thermometer to accurately check the temperature of your beef.

This method of cooking beef is idea for thin, tender cuts of beef such as Cubed Steak, Sirloin Tip Steak and Flat Iron Steak.

Christensen Ranch Beef Pan Frying Beef

What You’ll Need

  • Seasonings of your choice
  • Nonstick skillet
  • Oil of your choice
  • Instant-read thermometer

Instructions

  1. Heat a small amount of oil in your nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Season your cut of beef as desired.
  3. When the oil shimmers, to place your beef in the skillet.
  4. Pan fry the beef until the juices begin to rise to the surface.
  5. Using tongs to avoid piercing the beef and losing any of the juices, flip your cut of beef over and cook to your desired degree of doneness; use an instant-read thermometer to accurately check the temperature of your beef.

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