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How to Tenderize Cooked Beef

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have cooked some beef but feel as though the texture is too tough, there is a simple method you can use to tenderise the beef and give it extra flavour. Simmering is a process that will slowly and gently break the meat down to tenderise it. By simmering the beef in an especially flavourful liquid, you can complete your task with success using very little effort. The long cooking time is more than worth the wait as the final product is tender and delicious.

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  1. Place the beef in a large saucepan and add enough beef broth to just barely cover all the meat. If you have a beef roast, shred it before adding to the pan.

  2. Add a minced fresh garlic clove and salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil.

  3. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer the beef for anywhere between two and four hours. The longer you simmer the beef, the more tender it will become.

  4. Tip

    Add anything else you'd like to the broth to add flavour- chopped white or spring onions, bay leaves, celery and carrots are all great flavour enhancers.

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Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan
  • Beef broth
  • Fresh garlic clove
  • Salt
  • Pepper

About the Author

Amy Lukavics is an Arizona resident who has been a professional writer since 2009. She contributes to the blog Hello, Moon and her writing interests include cooking, crafts, pregnancy, health and beauty.

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