Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Steak

Until the last couple of years, I have been a failure at cooking steaks.  It all goes back to the days when I wanted my meat well-done; if there was the tiniest bit of pink in the middle of the meat, forget it.  I've since learned that steak well-done isn't usually a good idea.  
Even if I had been able to do a good job of cooking steak, who can afford it?  So I've stuck with roasts, something economical that isn't so easy to ruin.  
When we took Sir Loin to the butcher shop, we had him mostly put into ground beef; the only steaks we saved were the fillets, because they are tender no matter what.  You see, we had never had such a young, grass-fed animal butchered.  He hadn't been fed any grain, and we were afraid the meat would be tough (remember, I didn't know how to cook steak anyhow).  Cliff had the best roasts saved, but mostly we had a freezer full of ground beef.  That isn't a bad thing:  ground beef is versatile; you can make meat loaf, chili, tacos, stuffed peppers... the possibilities are endless.  
Once we tasted the steak we had saved from Sir Loin, we realized we had made a mistake.  That grass- and milk-fed steer was as tender and tasty as could be.  
So when we butchered Clyde this year, we saved lots of steaks and roasts.  
A year ago, with the help of the Internet, I managed to cook some steak without ruining it.  Oh, baby!  I closed my eyes and thought I was at Outback.  It just goes to show that you are never too old to learn.  
Of course, those steaks were fillets, the most tender cut in existance.  Today I will branch out.  
I'm cooking sirloin steak.  
From what I'm seeing on the Internet, it can be cooked just like fillets; I'm a little concerned at the words, "Sirloin steak is a cut that's easy to overcook."  
One recipe suggests using a meat mallet on it, but the other recipes make me think that shouldn't be necessary.  
I found a marinade that I'm going to use; perhaps that will insure tenderness.  

I have harped all summer on my lousy tomato crop.  While the vines went wild, the tomatoes produced were few and far between.  Most of them rotted before they could ripen.  There weren't enough to can, although I did freeze some whole, in baggies.  I've always heard you could do this, but had never tried it.  It works like a charm, and is easy to do.  I've used some of them in taco soup.  
A couple of weeks ago, with frost threatening, I brought in some green tomatoes I planned on frying.  Before I could get around to using them, though, they ripened, right there on the counter.  I tasted one, and it was just like a fresh summer tomato.  I brought more inside, and we are still eating delicious tomatoes.  It's good to know those vines are finally giving me back a little something for my efforts.  

    
And in non-food-related news, my granddaughter Monica turned sixteen yesterday; to celebrate the day, she went and took her driver's test... and PASSED!

8 comments:

Forty Pound Sack said...

I'm completely jealous of your green tomatoes. I brought mine in, hoping for a green tomato pie, but I didn't have enough. It's not like you can get extra greenies at the grocery store, either. So we were out of luck ~

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I've never had a steak that had been marinated that wasn't tender so I think you made a wise choice there. How wonderful to be enjoying that meat and now some tomatoes too. I remember when we used to wrap them in newspaper and store in the basement where it was cool to be used later on Hope your Wednesday is a wonderful one.

Vicki said...

Happy Birthday Monica. Congratulations on passing your driving test. Vicki

Midlife Mom said...

No one could possibly be any worse at cooking steak then me!! I always over cook them as I don't like seeing that pink but the Hubs likes his fairly rare. Tenderloin is my favorite and I watch it like a hawk but still don't do very well. Sign... Glad you are having better luck at it!

It was fun to see the tractor quilt in one of your pictures. I hope you are still enjoying it. :o)

I've never seen dehorning before. Could you give her an aspirin?!

Happy Birthday and Congratulations to your granddaughter for getting her drivers license!!

Amy said...

When I was a kid, we had steak pretty often....but my grandma would smoke up the whole house, because she used a flaming hot cast iron skillet and fried them in butter and garlic. The steak was delicious, but my eyes burned for hours afterwards...lol

(I just have Jesse throw them on the grill for us...I don't need the fire department comin' for dinner...)

Margaret said...

Your tomatoes are better than ours! We had a lousy crop this year. I love roast and don't like steak much, but marinading is the way to go! My husband loves steak and is great at cooking it on the BBQ.

TARYTERRE said...

I love a good steak. I eat mine RARE. Blood's got to still be dripping. LOL I like steak tartar too. Disgusting I know. Hope your latest attempt at making a couple steaks is mouthwatering and delicious. Even better than Outback. Jealous of those tomatoes. Lucky lady. Take care.

Lori said...

Congratulations to Monica! Eler Beth turns 16 in January, and she is hoping to pass the test for her permit too.