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LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
12/6/10 4:13 P

Thanks for all the great tips, guys! I think I'm a pretty good cook, but every day I learn more and more about cooking, and cooking healthy, here! You are all awesome.
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12/3/10 5:22 P

I agree - any type of steak that may be tough - put it in a roaster or shallow pan, with a cover, cooking in the oven on about 350 or so for awhile (three/four hours) and it will be fork tender. Add your favorite spices. I will sometimes cook my meat like this and when it's almost done, add some flour or cornstarch and it thickens up nicely with little added calories.

RICCILYNN Posts: 2,454
12/3/10 11:02 A

I got that info about sirloin from one of the spark emails comparing sirloin to prime rib (which I admit is my favorite choice when I go out). It may be inexpensive (comparitively) but it is pretty good for you!

ALECIA0823 Posts: 446
12/2/10 8:09 P

There are tons of slow cooker recipes for steak that are wonderful - many right here on Also, here is a tip I learned from a chef. Thaw your meat early, so that it is thawed at least 1 hour before cooking, preferably longer. Then cover it, really, really cover it, with salt. Let it sit, on a plate, covered in salt in the frig until you are ready to cook. Remove the salt and rinse quite well. Pat dry, and cook. The salt actually seems to be pulling moisture out, but it only pulls water out, which actually makes the meat cook up with more natural moisture and juice. It sounds really strange, but it works. The best steaks I have ever eaten were not in a restaurant, but in my own home using this method.

LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
12/2/10 3:59 P

RICCILYNN, I had no idea it was such a good choice! I always thought it was so-so because it's offered so cheap at my local grocery store. Thanks for the tip!
Pookie, Thanks for the awesome link, I'm bookmarking that one!!

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12/2/10 3:26 P

RICCILYNN Posts: 2,454
12/2/10 2:37 P

Sirloin is one of the best cuts to eat... very flavorful and low fat and calories! I cook it on a low temp in a deep pan with onions, garlic, a little butter, and some low-sodium beef stock... yummy!

LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
12/2/10 1:11 P

Thanks guys! I will be picking some up this weekend, I can't wait to try something different this time.

MYCUTEGIZMO Posts: 3,845
12/2/10 10:07 A

Yes braise the meat!

Well you can still cook them and make them into sandwich ingredient?

LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
12/1/10 4:53 P

I never would have thought of cooking it in a slow cooker. I do have one, and I adore it! Do I cut up the meat first, like a stew, or just stick it in there? They're fairly large pieces of meat, I'd say maybe three servings worth. And would it be ok to cook all day, do you think? (8+hours?)
Thanks for the great idea!!

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12/1/10 4:43 P

cook them SLOW!

If you dont have anything like a slow cooker, dont worry!

Put them in a shallow baking tin, add some vegetables like carrots and onions, add some stock to just cover the bottom of the tray, cover tightly with foil, put in the over at a medium/low heat for a couple of hours.

Delicious and tender braised steak... now I want it!

LAURAAT Posts: 1,506
12/1/10 3:50 P

My grocery store runs this sale everyonce in a while : petite sirloin steaks, buy one get two free. They're pretty cheap cuts of meat, no marbling, sorta tough.
Any ideas what I can do with this?
A. We're tired of grilled steaks..I haven't bought them in months. We need fresh ideas!
B. I haven't made these since I've started SP again, so I want to keep it on the healthy side - small portions, or not a 'main dish'
C. How can I make them a little more tender?

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