Common Mistakes People Make When Preparing Meat

tenderizing meat
Tenderizing proteins.

Going straight into cooking meat without having the proper knowledge beforehand can lead to some common mistakes people make when preparing meat. The issues can lead to a steak that is undercooked, is too tough to eat, or has no flavor at all. Know where others have failed before and save yourself the wasted effort and expense of ruining a good piece of meat.

The Meat Is Still Cold

When you are about to cook your meat, you do not want to throw it on the fire while it is still cold. This is because placing a cold cut of meat straight on a hot pan can easily lead to undercooked or overcooked steak. This happens when you leave the beef to cook too long to make up for the coldness or take it off the heat before it has cooked all the way through.

Control the Temperature

The most recommended way to prepare meat before cooking is to first let it warm up to room temperature, which usually takes about 20 minutes. This will ensure the meat does not spoil but will also be warm enough that you have greater control over its internal temperature when you begin cooking.


Improper Tenderizing

Tenderizing meat is an important part of the preparation process; it ensures the steak is not too tough to chew when it is done. But there is also the alternative that involves tenderizing the meat too much, which is equally as bad. Hammering the meat or marinating it too long can result in meat that has turned to mush, making it closer to a paste than a sturdy piece of beef.

Know How Much It Will Take

There is a whole science to softening meat that deals with the breakdown of proteins and muscles and helps you understand how much tenderizing is too much. But you need to know the right time to stop hammering the meat or how much further you need to go. Using improper tenderization methods is one of the most common errors when preparing meat, which makes knowing the correct technique even more essential.


Seasoning is what can make or break the taste of a cut of meat. At first, you may feel that you are adding too many spices, leading you to actually under-seasoning your steak. This can result in your meat not being as flavorful as it should be, leaving you with a bland plate of food. While this may not affect how nutritious the meat is, it certainly won’t be as pleasurable to eat.

Give Your Meat Some Flavor

Don’t be stingy with your seasoning when you put your steak on the pan; it will take more spices than you think to affect the taste of your meat. Put in the seasoning early and put in enough to make the flavors bold and distinctive.

Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment

Experimenting with your cut of beef can lead you to find flavors and techniques you have never experienced or thought of before. Don’t be afraid to try these new things to give your food a unique flavor that you’ve never tasted before.

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