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I'm making a beef stew using chuck. I've simmered it very slowly for at least 1.5 hours, but the meat isn't tender. Help!

asked by Sheilad2000 over 4 years ago

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Sheilad2000
added over 4 years ago

Thanks, Monita. I'll keep going. The recipe sounds awesome... I'll report back.
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Charles C.
added over 4 years ago

Did you add a acid? Say Tomato or wine? That might help.

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amysarah
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added over 4 years ago

I sometimes simmer a stew/braise for even 3+ hours (just add liquid if it starts looking dry.) Also, depends on size of chuck pieces. Long braise = tender beef + lots of flavor.

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dymnyno
added over 4 years ago

My favorite braises are multiple hours and low heat in the oven.

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Sheilad2000
added over 4 years ago

Thanks, dynmyno. I've moved the beast into a 250 oven.

Sheilad2000
added over 4 years ago

My thanks to all....it's STILL a little tough at 4 hours. I'm keeping at a bare simmer and crossing my fingers that we'll have dinner sometime tonight!

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kimhw
added over 4 years ago

I always make sure to have good cuts. Pound a bit to tenderize and brown before braising.

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Sheilad2000
added over 4 years ago

My final report: put the stew in a 250 oven and braised it. FINALLY, after nearly more than 6 HOURS, the meat was tender. I must say it was wonderful -- with the addition of mustard(s) and cognac -- but next time, I'll make it the day before. Thanks to everyone who sent their advice. (BTW, it was a chuck roast that I cut into cubes.)

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Eliz.
added over 4 years ago

Stews tend to be more flavorful the next day, anyway, so good idea! Glad everything worked out and thank you so much for reporting back. You might want to tackle brisket some time in the future. My favorite recipe calls for braising a large, browned beef brisket with masses of caramelized onions for more than 3 hours on Day 1, refrigerating the cooled dish overnight and then returning the sliced beef to the oven the next day covered with onion sauce.

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ChefJune
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added over 4 years ago

One and a half hours is just for starters. Beef can take the really long braise. [Don't try that with chicken, though. It will get stringy and tough]

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JohnL
added over 4 years ago

It should not take THAT long for cubed chuck to get tender. Wonder if the package was mis-labeled. The cadillac cut for stews and braises I like to go with choice or prime boneless top blade steaks. They always cook up meltingly tender with no hint of the dry stringiness you sometimes get with some other cuts of chuck. I learned about this cut in Molly Stevens book All About Braising.

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Bevi
added over 4 years ago

Molly Stevens makes a great pot roast that is seared 5 minutes on each side, then braised in about an inch of liquid in the oven at 300 degrees for 3.5 hours.

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Nancy
added over 4 years ago

Does Molly use a chuck roast?

Sheilad2000
added over 4 years ago

Thanks so much, everyone, for your comments. (I love this community.) It's possible, I guess, that the package was mislabeled. It was a "chuck pot roast" from Safeway that I cut into cubes. Never happened before. I will try the recipe again -- as I said, the mustard/cognac combo was yummy -- but might use short ribs, make a day ahead AND braise in the oven. In any case, judging from the comments above, I'd better buy Molly Stevens' book!

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Pittsburgher
added over 4 years ago

Was this the beef burgundy recipe from Smitten Kitchen? It's on my cook-soon list.

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Pittsburgher
added over 4 years ago

Sorry! I meant the Dijon-cognac stew.

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Sheilad2000
added over 4 years ago

Yes, the Smitten recipe...which was barely adapted from a Regina Schrambling NYTimes recipe. Do let me know what you think.