“Sear the meat to lock in the juices.” “Only flip your steak one time.” And so goes a list of steak-cooking commandments… And, as you might guess, a whole bunch of them are just wrong. Kenji from The Food Lab put seven of these old wives’ tales to the test. Some of them – like allowing your meat to rest for five minutes after cooking – absolutely hold true, but many simply don’t stand up. Kenji says,
It’s one thing that seems to happen every single year about the same time: the hordes of “X tips for perfect steak!” articles that crowd the internet, packed with misinformation, old wives’ tales, and outdated knowledge that, in some cases, has been outright disproven for decades….Whenever I see these articles, I get the irrepressible, uncontrollable urge to scream at people Wait! Stop! This is all wrong! I know your steak will probably still come out just fine if you follow these tips, and perhaps these myths have been perpetuated for as long as they have, because people are happy with “good enough” and don’t really need “perfect” or “better,” and if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? But for chrissake how can someone sit idly by and watch the spreading of misinformationamirite?!
Check out the full list of myths and their correctives at Serious Eats -The Food Lab: 7 Old Wives’ Tales About Cooking Steak That Need To Go Away