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9 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR STEAK BRAAI

Thinking about visiting your favourite steak house and devouring a mouthwatering piece of fillet? Why not braai your own steak at home – it costs half the price and you can invite a few friends over and make an evening of it. Steak and wine night! What you may not realise is that you have probably been doing a few things wrong when you cook your steak. We’re here to help you stop these bad habits and be the Ramsay of your group.

 

  1. LET IT SIT A BIT

 The number one mistake many people make is not letting their steak get to room temperature before braaiing it. By doing this you ensure an even cooking process – too cold and the outside will char and the inside will be rarer than you want it.

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  1. SIZZZZZLING HOT

 If your grid isn’t sizzling, you are going to lose out on that delectable caramelization and end up with a grey, steamed steak – yuk! All the juice and blood will escape the steak. So make sure your grid is sizzling before you put your steak on it.

 

  1. SEASON THAT SCRUMPICIOUS STEAK

 People make two mistakes when they season their steaks – they either season too little or only one side. Seasoning can be as simple as a mixture of normal salt and sea salt along with some ground black pepper.

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  1. DON’T FLAME GRILL YOUR STEAK FOR TOO LONG

 Always sear your steak to give it some colour before moving it off to a cooler section of your grill. Cook your steak around the flame, not on the flame.

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  1. STICK A FORK IN IT – NOT!

This is a steak, not a cupcake so don’t go poking it to check if it’s done. The more you poke at it, the more juices you’ll lose and be left with a dry fillet.

 

  1. ONE. FLIP.

Leave your steak alone until it starts to caramelize and then flip it, but only once! Flipping it more than once will cause the juices you’ve locked in to escape. We definitely don’t want that.

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  1. DON’T PUSH IT

Flattening your steak with a pair of tongs is the same as poking it with a fork – you’re going to lose your delicious juices! Your number one goal is to keep the fat locked in, the more pressure you put on your steak by flattening it means you lose that delicious fat.

 

  1. LET IT REST

 You need to give your steak the chance to rest and let all the juices back to the center. Rest time depends on the size of the steak, but 10 minutes will be fine.

 

  1. RESEASON!

Much of your seasoning is lost during the cooking process so you may want to sprinkle a little extra sea salt over your steak before serving.

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Voila! Your steak will be the envy of very braai you host with these simple tips. If you need some help or advice with your next braai purchase or indoor fireplace, visit our website or stop by our shop.

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