March 10, 2013 8:14 PM Subscribe
All my protein cooking is either baking or slow-cooking chicken breasts, or things made with ground turkey (chili, meatloaf). Help me learn how to cook other meats!
posted by booksherpa to Food & Drink (22 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know how to pan fry or broil, I don't know what I'm looking for at the supermarket in the meat department, I never use beef or pork, I don't know what to ask for at a butcher counter - educate me! I also need to start saving money and cooking at home way more, and it would be nice to branch out and have more variety in our repertoire. My preference is to use my beloved slow cooker and make something with lots of leftovers that I can take for lunch and/or freeze, but I can try other methods. Mr. Booksherpa and I are omnivores, I'm adventurous, he's mostly a meat and potatoes kinda guy.
- I seem to recall hearing that you can take a cheaper (and tougher) cut of meat and throw it in the slow cooker to tenderize it. Perfect! What cuts of meat should I be asking for, and do you have any favorite recipes? I'd love a variety, but a slow cooker pulled pork recipe in particular.
- Should I find a local butcher, or will the guy behind the counter at the supermarket be okay?
- What special equipment might I want? I've got a broiling pan that came with my stove, I think. Haven't used it in years.
- I'm only cooking for two, but leftovers are fine (see above). Recipes that reheat well from frozen?
- What do I do with the meat once I get it home from where I bought it? Take it out of the package? How crazy do I go trimming it?
- I've got Bittman's How to Cook Everything already, so if there's specific recipes/pages in there you recommend, point me at them. Other cookbook suggestions or relevant websites also welcomed.
Seriously, I need explanations like I'm a big 5 year old allowed to use a stove.