Episodes 45 & 46: Cookery Methods

In these episodes, Brandon and Lauren discuss braising, pan-frying and roasting — the only techniques you need to cook any cut of meat deliciously!   Learn how, by starting with fresh meat from well-raised animals, you will eliminate your need for fancy recipes, extensive ingredient lists, and excessive time in the kitchen.  Also learn which cooking method is best for each cut of meat (based upon the part of the animal it comes from) … Is it tough or tender?  Fatty or lean?  You’ve got this!

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Part 1 Show Notes:

  • Idaho Pastured Pigs (IPPs); 3:21
  • The three methods of meat cookery:  braising, pan frying and roasting; 15:48
    • Receptivity to the results of your cooking; 31:05
    • Definitions of braise, pan fry and roast; 36:08
      • Braise – 37:01
      • Pan Fry – 38:17
      • Roast – 38:40
    • Unique facets of each cooking method; about 41:34
      • Larding; 43:22
    • Determining whether to braise, pan-fry, or roast; 48:27
      • Lauren’s X-Y grid, 49:48
      • How Brandon cooks various types/cuts of meat, 54:59
        • Fatty and tough (ie. belly) ; 55:06

Continued in Part 2 ……

Part 2 Show Notes:

      • How Brandon cooks various types of meat (continued from Part 1), 1:02
        • Lean and tender (ie. meat from the loin, chops, steaks); 1:02
        • Tough and lean (ie. bottom round, top side, silver side); 5:39
          • Brining; 8:26
        • Fatty and tender (ie. back fat, baby-back ribs, loin steak); 12:53
          • More on braising; 19:27
          • Deglazing; 23:26
    • Summation of Lauren’s x-y grid meat cookery graph; 27:40
    • Recommended meat cookery cookbooks; 45:32
    • Delighting in the family meal:   If you want to digest well, you need to be happy; 53:07

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