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Most of us don’t want to butcher meat. We don’t even want to touch it. Or sometimes, we just struggle doing it. But really, it’s not difficult at all. And there’s a lot of benefits to doing it ourselves such as cheaper prices or achieving the right cut (like thinly sliced that some butchers won’t do). With a little patience, any beginner cook can butcher, slice, or cut meat of their choice.
With these 3, beginner-friendly tips for butchering meat, you’ll be slicing meat like no big deal.
1. Always use a sharp knife.
The very first time I attempted to butcher meat, I probably chose the *hardest* one– a whole chicken. I don’t think I ever sliced boneless meat at that point. I watched videos and it seemed easy! But when it came to doing it myself, thank goodness I was alone because my failure embarrassed me. That brings me to my first tip: always use a sharp knife, especially when you’re trying to cut through bone!
Never use a dull knife to butcher meat. You will hurt yourself. It makes slicing meat more difficult than it really is because it’s working against you. Get into the practice of sharpening your knife before or after every use.
2. Need thinner cuts? Freeze for 1-2 hours beforehand.
If you’ve ever tried to cut beef thinly on your own, it’s pretty hard. I’m still trying to figure out my own way of doing it. But one thing I’ve found out that makes it a lot easier is to put in the freezer. Freezing allows for better control– it’ll be easier to handle! So before handling/preparing meat, freeze for 1-2 hours.
3. Slice against the grain (of meat).
We all want tender meat. It would be a bummer to buy an expensive piece of meat and make it tough. Besides cooking it properly, you need to make sure to slice against the grain. How do you do it? Look for the muscle fibers. They pretty much look like lines on the meat. Simply slice against those lines and you’re golden.
Next time you’re around the meat aisle, try your hand at it. Follow these beginner-friendly tips for butchering meat and you might find yourself having an easier time!