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Beef & Ground Beef

A Fine Point

When making meat loaf or meatballs, finely chop the onions, peppers, carrots and other vegetables. They will mix in better, and the meat mixture will be less likely to crumble when shaped into…

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Browning Ground Meats

When browning ground meats, press down with a potato masher while cooking to break the meat apart.

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Browning Meatballs

To prepare meatballs without having to stand over the stove turning each one, arrange meatballs on a greased broiler pan and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. There’s no need to turn them—they’ll…

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Complementing Veal's Flavor

Veal has a delicate taste, which allows the more flavorful ingredients in a recipe to shine. Herb and spices that complement veal include marjoram, rosemary, sage, oregano, black pepper, cinnamon,…

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Cut Back on Fat

Here's how to eliminate excess grease from tacos, sloppy joes, skillet dishes and casseroles. After browning the ground beef, drain in a colander with small holes, rinse with hot water and blot…

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Draining Fat from Ground Beef

After browning ground beef, I push the meat to one side of the pan and tilt the pan so the grease runs to the opposite side. Then I easily draw it out with a turkey baster. —Diane A., Lake Orion,…

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Freezing Roast in the Perfect Size

Rather than trimming a frozen roast to fit your roasting pan, try this: Put a fresh roast into a plastic freezer bag, then fit it into your roasting pan and freeze. Once it’s frozen, you can take…

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Fun Shape for Meat Loaf

To make serving meat loaf with mashed potatoes quick and fun, press your meat mixture into a Teflon-lined 9-inch round cake pan. Prepare the potatoes while the meat loaf bakes for 30 minutes. Then…

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Have a Beef with Bones?

The bones on a beef rib roast add unbeatable flavor when roasting, but they can also pose a challenge when carving. So when ordering your roast, ask the butcher to remove the bones and tie them…

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Hints for Making Hamburgers

Hamburgers are one of the easiest entrees to prepare. And with a few timeless tips, your burgers will turn out tasty every time!

To keep hamburgers moist, first combine the filling…

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Homemade Frozen Beef Patties

When I buy ground beef for burgers, I place the amount I’ll need for a meal in heavy-duty resealable bags. Then I flatten the bags and press out all the air. The packages stack well in the freezer…

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Lightening Up Beef

Whether you want to serve your family more meatless meals or simply reduce some of the meat in family favorites, consider the following ideas for savvy standbys:

Cut Back with…

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Mixing Meat Loaf

When making meat loaf, first combine all ingredients except the ground beef. The seasonings will be more evenly distributed without much effort. —Dorothy T., Wichita, Kansas

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Moist and Tender Round Steak

Round steak is a less-tender cut of beef and is best cooked with liquid in a covered pan over low heat. Round steak can also be tenderized by pounding with a meat mallet before cooking.

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Pastrami

A deli meat that is made most often from beef brisket. The raw meat is brined and seasoned with herbs and spices. It is then smoked for flavor and steamed until tender. Today, turkey pastrami is…

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Slicing Raw Beef Cuts

To easily slice raw beef, first place the meat in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until it is firm but not solidly frozen. Slice to desired thinness.

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