They say you learn something every day. That has proved true for me since becoming a Canadian Beef Ambassador. As much as I love Canadian Beef I still spend time scratching my head at how to cook each different cut of beef I am faced with at the grocery store. T-bone, Tournedos, and minute steaks I am pretty comfortable with but there are always a few cuts I’m not sure if they are the right cut for the BBQ or better for a long slow simmer the way my Oma used to do it. That’s where I find the Canadian Beef website and Steaks 101 comes in handy. These days before going shopping I head over there to find out which steak cut will be right for the type of meal I want that night and the guess-work is gone.
So what is the difference between a grilling, marinating and simmering steak? Basically it’s all about preparing each steak to get the most of that particular cut of beef. A grilling steak, like a T-bone, is ready for the grill without any prep aside from salt and pepper or your favourite sauce. The meat will be nice and tender without any help. A marinating steak, like an Inside Round, needs to be marinated before you cook it, whether that’s on the grill, in a pan, broiled, etc. The marinating helps the meat become more tender making it easier to eat and digest. A simmering steak, like the Bottom Blade Boneless, is the steak version of a pot roast. It needs a slow simmer in a nice liquid to ensure quality tenderness. Cut into strips and roast long and low in the oven or a slow cooker for best results.
When it comes to steak we usually keep things simple and stick to cuts of beef that don’t require and simmering or marinating. I admit it’s because I am lazy and steak night is the one meal I let hubby take care of. Salt and pepper or a little Barbecue sauce and then cooked on the grill is perfect for me. Less clean up and the best way to get a medium rare steak that is crispy on the outside and just the right amount of bloody on the inside.
If you aren’t sure if that steak in your fridge is a grilling, marinating or simmering steak the Canadian Beef website is full of information on beef safety, preparation and lots of delicious recipes for chefs of all levels!
What is your favourite way to prepare steak?
*Disclosure: I am a Canadian Beef Ambassador and have been compensated for this post. However, all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way by my association with the program. #LoveCdnBeef