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#1 Tue 14 Aug 12 1:00pm

joobes

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Help Stewing steak roast beef for stew????

help This weekend I want to make a Highland Beef stew. Now the recipe i have says to use Stewing steak chunks, nothing unusual there..... but in my freezer i have  an number of roast beef joints would it be possible to cut a joint up into chunks and use that.....
I hope tis isnt a silly question  oops

oh and just to add the stew cooks slowly in the oven for 3hrs..

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#2 Tue 14 Aug 12 6:44pm

oliviascotland

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Re: Help Stewing steak roast beef for stew????

If it were me, I'd rather use stewing steak as it tends to be fattier and tougher than a good roasting joint, and benefits more from the long cooking without becoming dry and tough.  I think you might well end up ruining a really nice roasting joint and have a dry and mediocre stew at the end of it.  However, someone else may tell me I'm wrong ...

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#3 Tue 14 Aug 12 10:28pm

ACDC

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Re: Help Stewing steak roast beef for stew????

I'd be inclined to agree with Olivia, pity to stew a good roast. I like to give my stews a long slow cook and think the extra bit of fat and connective tissue ( May not be the correct technical term!!!) add to the whole flavour of the finished stew.

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#4 Wed 15 Aug 12 12:42am

Kye

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Re: Help Stewing steak roast beef for stew????

Its a no no...roast beef is for roasting, when additioned to a stew/hot pot it will be like chewing on old slippers  yikes  wink

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#5 Wed 15 Aug 12 12:28pm

joobes

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Re: Help Stewing steak roast beef for stew????

Thanks peeps all very helpful as always. I will save my beef joint for a nice homely Sunday Roast and buy the correct stewing steak.

PS: I do love all of you  on this forum, you are all so helpful and friendly  kiss  smile xx

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#6 Thu 16 Aug 12 7:55am

beerforyorky

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Re: Help Stewing steak roast beef for stew????

Whenever I cook stew (normally in the winter) I buy 2 to 3 kg of beef rump generally in one or two lumps and then cube it myself. The local beef here is on the tough side so I boil it with onions for 2 hours in gravy (after sealing) before adding the vegetables.

Should I be using another cut? The results are always tasty.

Cheers

Y

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#7 Thu 16 Aug 12 2:57pm

MsPablo

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Re: Help Stewing steak roast beef for stew????

I use a chuck roast, bone-in for braised pot roast, for stew, same cut only boneless and cut it up to size needed.  It's one of the best for flavor and has the collagen and whatnot that Olivia is talking about.

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#8 Thu 16 Aug 12 7:51pm

mummza

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Re: Help Stewing steak roast beef for stew????

I am with the others save it for a roast !
What you need for a stew is a muscle that has had to do a decent amount of work !
It will have more flovour and a better texture for the stew .
( says the vegetarian  lol )

Beerforyorkie , never boil the meat as it will be as tough as an old boot !
Either braise or simmer it gently , I have a slow cooker so often cook a 'casserole' type dish for a long time at a low temperature . It always ends up ' soft as butter ' .

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#9 Fri 17 Aug 12 12:52am

beerforyorky

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Re: Help Stewing steak roast beef for stew????

mummza wrote:

Beerforyorkie , never boil the meat as it will be as tough as an old boot !
Either braise or simmer it gently , I have a slow cooker so often cook a 'casserole' type dish for a long time at a low temperature . It always ends up ' soft as butter ' .

I meant "simmer" I think. Doh!

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