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Old 01-01-2008, 06:10 PM   #1
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Beef Stew

Love to make beef stew on cold wintry nights here in NY. All the cuts I have used are very stringy- tender, but stringy. It reminds me of pulled pork, but in beef. Does anyone have a suggestion for other cuts of meat that when cooked are not stringy? I cook the stew in a slow cooker.

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Old 01-01-2008, 06:17 PM   #2
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I use boneless chuck for stew.

If the chunks of beef are falling apart like pulled pork, that's an indication they have cooked too long. Try cutting back on the cooking time a little and you should have tender cubes of meat in your stew.
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Old 01-01-2008, 06:21 PM   #3
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I use Brisket for most of my STEWS. I cut it into 1/2 cubes and then I brown it in a very hot skillet before putting in my slow cooker. Most all cuts of beef will be stringy if left in a natural state. It is the nature of the beast
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Old 01-01-2008, 06:37 PM   #4
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I use chuck too, but I cube it, flour, sear then proceed with recipe, no problem. I don't do it in a slow cooker, stove top simmer about 3 hrs. Been awhile since I have made it though.
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Old 01-01-2008, 06:52 PM   #5
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Good suggestions, thanks. Happy New Year!
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Old 01-01-2008, 08:59 PM   #6
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my stores have stew beef in chunks (chuck trimmings) which I cut smaller and use.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:05 AM   #7
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Check out the Jan/Feb 2008 issue of Cook's Illustrated pages 16 and 17. The piece is called "Mastering the Art of Stew" You may be able to look at the magazine at either a bookstore or kitchen store. It usually is not shrink wrapped.
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Old 01-21-2008, 05:45 PM   #8
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I always like to use braising steak, brown it off first and then cook slowly. Lovely and tender but definitely not stringy.
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:29 PM   #9
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I always use the tenderized beef stew meat and never have a problem.
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Old 01-22-2008, 09:58 PM   #10
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use short ribs, they will be perfect in the slow cooker.
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