Technique Time: Searing Secrets
A perfectly browned sear on everything from steak to stew meat creates a flavorful crust and juicy interior. Just follow these four easy searing commandments.
Commandment #1: Thou shalt pat the meat dry.
If excess moisture (aside from butter, oil or fat) is present, the meat will steam, not sear.
Commandment #2: Thou shalt get the pan hot.
Intense heat creates the tasty, burnished crust you're looking for.
Commandment #3: Thou shalt be patient.
Hands off--and we mean it! If the meat isn't touching the hot pan
(because you keep moving it), it won't brown properly.
Commandment #4: Thou shalt take turns.
To achieve a uniform sear, each side of the meat needs equal attention. However, try to keep flipping of the meat to a minimum as it will dry and toughen the meat.
(Illustrations by Claudia Pearson)