Simmer down

By TASTE, 30 May 2017

What’s the difference between braising, stewing, casseroling, slow-cooking and pot-roasting?

These all describe cooking food at low temperatures for hours, resulting in intensified flavour and tender meat – great for inexpensive, sometimes tougher cuts.

Braising meat involves a similar technique to casseroles, only the meat and vegetables are first seared in larger pieces and the amount of liquid used is less.
Try: Beer-braised lamb shank and rosemary veloute

Casseroles such as ragout and cassoulet originate from the age-old method of stewing meat slowly in an oven and serving it in its earthenware cooking dish.
Try: Chicken-and-olive casserole

Pot roasts are large roast size cuts of meat, most often beef, with root veg and a little liquid – with heat applied to the bottom of the vessel.
Try: Pot-roasted beef neck

Slow-roasting meat in the oven, covered and without liquid, is an excellent technique for bigger, tougher cuts – constant, controlled heat has a fall-off -the-bone result.
Try: Slow-roasted brisket

Stewing involves simmering pieces of meat and vegetables by applying heat to the bottom of the cooking vessel – usually on the stovetop.
Try: Chunky winter vegetable stew with burnt sage butter

Discover more slow cooked, roasts and stew recipes here.


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