i said i would close this goal out when i can master slow cooking beef stew to perfection.
almost this time.
i decided to be really lazy and buy everything pre-cut.
since i hate potatoes, those didn’t go in this time.
here’s what i did.
2lbs of stew beef.
packet of mccormick beef stew.
entire pre-chopped yellow onion package.
small package of white shrooms.
one of those packs of carrots, celery, ranch, tomatoes. (just ate the tomatoes while i waited, but threw everything else in, saved the ranch).
garlic in a tube. (2 tablespoons)
1/2 a green pepper.
stirred the water and packet mix. added beef. gave it a good stir/coating. added everything else. mixed it around very lightly, still kept most of the meat on the bottom.
8 hours on low.
next time i’ll use the best quality meat i can find.
while the spices are pretty much perfect, the meat is a) a tiny bit overdone b) too much fat on some pieces c) some pieces are either slightly dry or just fall apart… i can’t seem to get that perfect happy medium without browning first.
my favorite part:
the tube garlic REALLY made a difference this time.
it’s almost the perfect consistency of meat, veggies and juice. not too runny, not too meaty. maybe a tiny bit more on the runnier side.
it’s a TAD too salty or something… but i’d rather have it too salty than the bland one i had last time. it’s not overpowering or anything, but i think i could get away with less salt next time, just to make it healthier.
i think maybe ONE tiny potato, uncut, would’ve been perfect to throw in, then just take it out when done.
good thing i didn’t use the entire green pepper. green peppers are weird slow cooked.
the shrooms were a fantastic idea.
next time, i’ll tweak this recipe, since it’s the only one i’ve ever got to almost work.