Apparently preparing a slice or a hamburger in a pan seems to be the easiest thing in the world: indeed it is, provided you follow some small but fundamental rules. In this article we will reveal all the secrets on how to cook the meat in the right way!
1) The meat should be cooked at room temperature!
Pulling the meat out of the fridge and throw it in the pan or on the plate is usually the norm, but it is a big mistake, because putting cold meat in the pan would lower the temperature of the pan too, preventing proper cooking!
Always remember to take the meat out of the fridge at least half an hour before putting it to cook , and remember that the same rule applies when we buy the packaged meat, stored in refrigerated counters of the supermarket!
2) Always hot plates and pans!
One of the most important rules that all those interested in learning how to cook meat in the right way should know, is that which says that plates and pans should always be made to warm up well before : only in this way on the surface of our hamburger or our slice will form the characteristic crust that, in addition to making them very good, will seal all the juices inside, keeping them soft and juicy.
The other big risk of cooking the meat in a cold pan is that of practically “boiling” it, do it at least 5 minutes before putting meat on it and absolutely do not use lids , because they would only contrive to form harmful steam.
3) Salt always goes on afterwards!
Learning how to cook meat also means learning to salt it in the right way: did you know that sodium chloride alters the composition of meat proteins? Putting it before cooking would force it to make the meat extremely soggy , attracting all the water from its cells to the surface and making it much less appetizing, especially when it comes to hamburgers (which tend to become very tacky if salted before cooking).
As a general rule, cook the meat first and then serve it with the foresight of putting a saltcellar on the table, so that all the diners can season it to your liking.
4) Long live the iron pans!
Our grandmothers had no doubts about how to cook meat: they put it in the old iron pans and we needed really delicious dishes!
If you have one you have no doubts: it is the best method to allow the surface of the meat to “caramelize” instantly , through a special chemical reaction that takes place thanks to the iron it is made of. The iron pans help to spread the heat in a fast and uniform way, so they are the best across the board!
If you prefer to use the plates instead, opt for those in cast iron , not too comfortable because heavy, but also very good conductors of heat!
5) Always be delicate!
There is nothing worse than putting a hamburger or a nice slice of meat in a pan and starting to torture them with the tips of the fork, turning them over and over. The less meat is touched and the better : turn it only once and do not dream even remotely to pierce it with a fork, as it is the best way to make them lose all the juices stored inside, essential to make it soft, tasty and juicy .
Now that the main tricks on how to cook meat to the best you know, you just have to get to work and let us know if they work!