How can I keep my pot roast (chuck) from shrinking? I cook it in the oven at low (250) heat for 3 or 4 hours but it usually shrinks by half

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Amanda H. May 4, 2011
It shrinks because it renders fat and loses moisture -- so you can't really prevent it. Think of it as a good thing, because as it shrinks it also cooks through and becomes more tender.
 
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