I am counting hours...OMG!!!!

@pinks17 (2192)
Philippines
August 15, 2008 6:10am CST
[b][i]It's my boyfriends last day of work today and it is raining tonight.I am preparing beef with cream of mushroom and guess what...it's been 3 hours and the beef is not that cooked yet..I tried a slice of beef,ate it and OMG..I can't even bite and chew it..I can't remember the term to describe the meat..for me the meat is not yet tender. I called him and he was trapped in the traffic and will be here in 30 more minutes and I guess he is hungry as a wolf and oh my gosh I haven't prepared the sauce yet..I don't have a pressure cooker or a meat pounder so I just sliced the beef in cubes and bite size pieces.I am doomed. How can I make the beef tender if you only have limited resources in your kitchen..I don't have a meat pounder and I couldn't afford yet to buy a pressure cooker and it's out of our budget. Sigh...I just want to prepare a delicious dinner for my boyfriend and here's what I am getting a "not-so-tender-beef"...I guess I bought a hard part of the beef in the supermarket..I should have asked which part of the beef is best and will cook easily and will be tender in no time even if I don't have a pressure cooker.I am sad now.sigh[/i][/b]
3 responses
@salonga (27993)
• Philippines
16 Aug 08
Too bad! That is a very helpless situation. You don't want your boyfriend to end up eating canned goods, don't you. If you really want a tender part then go get the tenderloin in the supermarket. But it is a a higher rate. Well I have a tip which you might want to consider. I don't use pressure cooker anymore with my beef. What I usually do is to boil the beef on time first then I let it cool. I do some aid to help it cool down if I am in a hurry to have it done. But normally, I do the one time boiling at night and leave it overnight in the fridge once it has already cooled down. Then the next day I will remove all the accumulated fats on top because I hate fats. Then I will boil it again and once it boiled. I will turn the stove in it's slowest fire and soon the meat will be so tender after some minutes. Even if not overnight and you have just purchased the beef, you can always do the same procedure. Just make sure the beef has really cooled down after the first boil before boiling again and having it done under a very low fire.
@pinks17 (2192)
• Philippines
1 Sep 08
Thanks for the tips my friend.We tried buying sirloin and the next time I cooked it was fine.My boyfriend felt heaven after that.
@dhangski (3194)
• Philippines
15 Aug 08
Hi pinks. Try to put a fork on the pot where you are cooking your beef. Or put some toothpick. Just be sure to remove them before pouring it in the bowl or a plate. LOL. I think you've bought a hard part of the beef. Usually, it will only take beef to tenderize for 1 hour. But 3 hours is really long enough. Good luck! HUGZ!
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@pinks17 (2192)
• Philippines
15 Aug 08
I do that before but I haven't thought of that awhile ago. When Neil came home I have a sad face and he wondered and asked why..I told him I've been waiting for hours for the beef to become tender and guess what he answered my back..."there's no hard beef...to a hungry stomach"(walang matigas na baka sa gutom na tyan) BTW we finished the food and nothing was left.lol...I guess he was really hungry. Thanks for the reply my friend.Hehe...I am loving the smiley.I am so happy to use it.Have a nice night. ciao pinksBEE
@Theresam (1181)
• United States
15 Aug 08
It is probably too late to get it tender. Honestly just have a good laugh-I cooked some really bad meals for my husband when we were dating and first married. He might say I am cooking bad meals stills.
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@pinks17 (2192)
• Philippines
15 Aug 08
Hi Theresam. [b][i]I can actually cook but the problem is that I probably picked the wrong part of beef..It's really easy to learn how to cook esp. if you really willing to learn and it's really nice to prepare food for someone you love. Thanks for the comment. pinksBEE[/i][/b]