Slow Cooking Tips

Winter is well and truly upon us, and that means one thing to all of us foodies: comfort food!

Slow-cooked beef is the perfect ingredient to help you warm up this season – not only does it make the ultimate comfort food, it’s full of flavour and easy to prepare.

Whether you prefer a hearty beef bourguignon or a spicy beef curry, casseroling is a foolproof technique that will lead you to endless winter warming possibilities.

According to new research, seven in 10 Australians now own a slow cooking device - whether it’s a crock-pot, slow cooker or casserole dish, these retro workhorses are surging back to popularity.

And our meat of choice? Nothing beats the rich and satisfying flavour of slow cooked beef. Lamb came in at second place (25%), followed by chicken (16%) and pork (4%).

So as the cooler months approach, bring out the beef and embrace the slow cooking movement. To help, simply follow these top tips to impress your family and friends with your new winter repertoire!

Match the beef with cooking time - Chuck and boneless shin/gravy beef offer the richest flavour and the most succulent meat, while topside, round and blade are great choices for quicker week night meals as they cook more quickly.

For Chuck, Boneless Shin, Gravy Beef, Osso Bucco:
Approx. cooking time: 2-2.5 hours
Cooking temperature: 160-180 degrees

For Topside, Round, Blade:
Approx. cooking time: 1-1.5 hours
Cooking temperature: 160-180 degrees

Brown the beef - No matter what the cut, browning your beef is an important step. It adds colour to your dish and depth of flavour. Don’t rush the initial stage of browning the beef. Brown it in 2 or 3 batches and keep the pan at a medium-high heat so the beef doesn’t stew in its own juices.

Let your dish simmer gently: - A gentle simmer means a richer flavoured dish. So, control the heat and don’t rush yourself. If it’s too low, the dish will be flavourless, and if it’s too high, the mixture will boil resulting in less tender meat.

Get Cooking with these delicious beef recipes:

Beef Bourguigon
Thai Style Beef Massaman Curry
Beef Stroganoff
Italian-Style Beef Casserole

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