All you need to know about meat quality: buying, preparing and cooking meat sometimes seems like a science. What do I need to do when buying meat? Should I wash it before cooking or grilling it? How do I notice when my meat has spoiled? Chill, all about questions about meat quality before. It’s time for Otto to answer them.
Meat Quality: Fresh vs. Frozen
Have you ever tasted too much meat? Or better yet, have you ever tasted freshly hunted wild boar? You don’t want it to spoil, so the best option is often to freeze it. When you don’t want to waste meat, freeze it. But when you buy it, try to avoid frozen meat when possible. Why? It’s quite simple: when you freeze meat, the muscle cells break down. When you defrost frozen meat, the juices release and your steak will lose moisture. There’s no contest when it comes to meat quality: go for fresh meat. For braised recipes such as good old German goulash, you can add the recipe and buy frozen meat since you want to slow down the meat in the stew and the liquids will add flavor to the broth. And remember, whether frozen or fresh, choose a high quality meat not only for taste but for the nutrition.
Rinsing Meat – Yes or No?
Many people rinse their meat before cooking. This is unnecessary. If there are any pathogens on your meat at all, they will not survive the heat of the grill. This is true when you cook on a regular old stove-top pan. Now imagine that at 1,500˚F / 900˚C on your Otto Steak Grill! By rinsing your meat, you will only spread pathogens and meat juices into your sink.
If you’re looking to sear it, or create the desirable caramelized crust, you can use the dabbing technique. 30 minutes prior to grill time, wipe off excess moisture with a paper towel.
Confused on the cuts of beef? Use Otto’s steak chart – and now, you know.
Has Your Meat Spoiled?
It may sound old-fashioned, but there’s only one way to notice spoilage: smell it! Good meat should not smell like anything. Only dry-aged meat may have a slight smell, but that’s another story … So, when your meat has the slightest off-putting smell, please do not use it. When your meat has a slight smell, it’s a clear sign of spoilage – please do not use it! We hate to waste food too, especially quality meat, but it’s pertinent to your health not to grill even the slightest spoiled meat.
Does meat need to be room temperature before grilling it?
We recommend taking your meal out of the fridge. Season your meat to taste right out of the fridge. Then, when your grill is ready, dry off your cut of meat before grilling it to that the desired, golden-crispy crust.
Now that you have quality meat, check out Otto’s checklist for grilling the perfect steak .