Oct 10, 2017
One of the worst mistakes in cooking is one of the easiest to fix. Don't overcrowd your pan when you're browning meat for a stew or braise. Because just like your uncle Manny, food gives off a lot of liquid when it gets hot. And if your meat is all bunched up together in the pan, that liquid doesn't hit the bottom of the pan to evaporate, it pools around and on top of the meat and all that meat in the pan steams instead of browns. Now you probably can't the image of uncle Manny lying on a towel up against a thousand other people on a hot beach, all giving off liquid that has nowhere to go: You're welcome. So give it some room and let it sit there searing away. Don't poke at it, don't move it around. Let it brown and let the juices run to the bottom of the pot to evaporate and you'll have upped your cooking game like a pro.