How to Roast Meats

How to Roast Meats

Roasted meats allows proteins to break down slowly, resulting in tenderness and juiciness. It’s also one of the easiest methods to prepare a large cut of meat as once the meat is in the oven there’s really nothing left to do. Let us explain the basics of roasting meats.

Temperature

Oven temperature is key when roasting meats- low and slow is the best method so be sure your have a few hours at home and crank up the temperature to a low 275- 325 degrees. The low temperatures help a larger cut of meat cook evenly and ensure tenderness, however you need high temperatures to obtain that beautiful browning and add a complexity of flavors.

You’ll notice in many roasted meat recipes that the meat is initially placed in a high temperature oven (450- 500 degrees) for anywhere between 10-30 minutes. This helps brown the meat and makes for a crispier crust. If you notice the meat getting too brown too quickly, cover with aluminum foil to prevent burning.

Meat Preparation

Begin prepping the meat the night before roasting, to allow the seasonings to penetrate the thick cut. In addition to kosher salt and pepper consider using an assortment of herbs- rosemary and thyme are sturdy enough to last in the oven during roasting, garlic is also a great choice for most meats and flavor profiles. Dried herbs are always great as are spice rubs. Experiment with flavors and choose what you like.

Keep the seasoned meat in the fridge, but remove about 30 minutes to an hour prior to roasting. This will help ensure even cooking as placing the meat straight from the fridge into the oven will heat the surface faster than the cooler center.

Roasting

When it comes to the roasting platform, you want to keep air circulating freely around the meat. Use a pan with short sides, or even a sheet pan with half inch sides to catch any juices. Consider using a wire rack as well to elevate the meat and get air underneath it, or use a bed of vegetables such as carrots, celery, and onion. Covering the pan promotes steaming, so leave the meat uncovered.

Place the meat in the oven, fat side up. As the fat melts it’ll self baste, keeping the outside of the meat nice and moist. For doneness, instead of relying on time, rely on internal temperature, so if you’re using a probe that’s safe to stay in the oven, insert it into the thickest part of the meat and avoid any bones.

Roast the meat at the previously mentioned high temperature for 20- 30 minutes then lower to the low, perfect-for-roasting temperature. As mentioned, rely on the internal temperature for doneness (safe internal meat temperatures are readily available), but you can calculate approximately how long it’ll take: about 20 minutes per pound. Pull out the meat when it’s internal temperature is 5-10 degrees below the desired temperature as the meat will continue to cook even after removed from the oven.

Cover the meat with foil and let it rest for 20-30 minutes to ensure the juices stay inside the meat when carving. Enjoy!

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Eight Tips for Healthy Eating

Tips for Healthy Eating

Studies show a healthy diet over exercise is more inclined to help you maintain a healthy weight. However, most people still choose to work out excessively and eat unhealthily, because they have the impression healthy eating means a diet. It doesn’t have to feel like that- here are some tips to get you started on a healthy eating track.

  1. Avoid Anything Low-Fat or Low Sugar

Low-fat, low sugar, anything deemed ‘diet’ is bad for you. In processed foods, companies know by taking out fat they need to add sugar to make the product taste decent, and no sugar needs a replacement of sugar-like derivatives that trick your brain into thinking it’s getting sugar only to fill it with disappointment and cause hunger cravings to spike even more. Just steer clear, in fact…

  1. Stick to Non-Processed

When you go to the grocery store stick to the outside perimeter- produce, meats, fish, dairy. You should only venture into the aisles for spices, coffee, and pickled products.

  1. Aim for Colorful Plates

The more colorful your plate, the more nutrients you’re about to eat. Color in vegetables is a result from various chemical compounds which all work differently in the body. By keeping your plate colorful and trying our different proteins you’ll get all the necessary vitamins your body needs to work well.

  1. View Sugary Desserts and Drinks as Treats

If you have a sweet tooth or a daily habit of sugar laden, whipped cream topped coffee drinks, wean yourself off. Either stop with sugar cold turkey or slowly restrict yourself day by day. Humans only really need 6-9 teaspoons of sugar a day (25-32 grams), the rest is stored as fat.

  1. Eat When You’re Hungry

If you’re following these rules, then eat when you’re hungry- forget about 3 or 5 or 8 meals a day. Studies show the frequency of eating isn’t as important as what is eaten. If you starve yourself you’re likely to feel sluggish, go into slow metabolism mode, and binge on junk.

  1. Be Aware of Nutrition Labels

It’s hard to cut out all processed and prepared foods in our packaged food lives, so read labels to choose wisely. Know how much daily sodium, carbohydrates, fats, proteins and sugar your body needs. Read ingredient lists. Don’t buy anything with more than 6 ingredients to avoid excess chemicals and empty calories.

  1. Alcohol Rules

If your goal is to lose weight, then cutting out alcohol will help reach your goals faster. However celebrations happen, so allowing yourself a few drinks is fine as long as you do it right. Avoid beer and sugary additives like soda or juice. Stick to wines which have only 4 grams of carbohydrates, or hard liquors which have none.

Mix your hard liquors with seltzer water and a squeeze of fresh citrus juice, all of which also have zero carbohydrates. Restrict yourself to a certain number of drinks, being sure to drink a glass of water in-between each one to stay somewhat in control of your inhibitions. You’ll be less likely to binge eat on greasy late night food and will have a great next day sans hangover.

  1. Eat a Pre-Dinner Salad

To help keep you in control at restaurants or parties (and save money) eat a small pre-dinner salad before attending a dinner or event. You’ll get your vegetables and won’t be famished and inclined to order junk. You might even get away with a small appetizer and save on the check.

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