Feeling the shift in the weather? Settle the soul with some staple slow-cooker meals to warm you up this winter. We chat to Matt the Butcher at the all new Otto’s Meat Market about his top picks for the seaon.
There’s nothing easier than slow cooking and it’s a happy coincidence that the cuts of meat best suited for slow cooking are also the least expensive ones. Even when set on high, a slow cooker is still cool enough to slowly convert the meat’s connective tissue from collagen to gelatin – that’s why slow cooked meat is described as “fork-tender, melt in your mouth”.
The well-marbled, collagen-rich meat comes from the parts of the animals that get the most exercise. These cuts are generally fattier, which ensures that they won’t dry out during the long cooking process.
Even if you don’t have an electric slow cooker, you can still enjoy slow cooked dishes. In fact, there are many ways to slow cook food, from simmering it in a cast iron pot, baking it in a casserole in the oven to using the low n slow BBQ technique.
MY TOP CHOICES
1. Pork shoulder (Pork Butt) 2. Chuck steak 3. Beef brisket 4. Lamb shanks 5. Short ribs 6. Beef cheeks.
To add to Otto’s Meat Market’s extensive range of meat and poultry, we also have a number of game meats perfect for slow cooked winter meals.
OTTO’S GAME MEATS
1. Rabbit 2. Duck 3. Venison 4. Quail 5. Goat.
When meals are slowly cooked over a low temperature, the ingredients tend to retain their nutritional content. For the time poor (which let’s face it, is all of us) the meals are left to slowly bubble away for hours. This way, you can choose when you want to make dinner, whether it’s first thing in the morning or the night before, leaving you to get on with your day while dinner takes care of itself.
MY TOP SLOW COOKED RECIPE IDEAS
1. Beef Cheek Ragu 2. Massaman Goat Curry 3. Red Wine and Garlic Lamb Shanks 4. Hearty Beef Casserole 5. Boston Rubbed Smoked Pork Shoulder.
Specific recipes for these classics can be easily found on the internet, but come in and see us at our newly opened meat market, where you can chat to us at our serviced counter about the perfect cuts to keep you, your family and friends warm, happy and hearty this winter.
The new Otto’s Meat Market is now in full swing! Head in store where you’ll find our new service counter, the finest cuts and all of your meat essentials from chicken and pork to lamb, beef and a vast range of game meats and smallgoods. Home to a dry aging salt room, you can also enjoy watching our butchers slice and carve on traditional wooden butchers blocks. Keep an eye out for our new gourmet range being introduced daily.
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