This Is How You Can Save Your Overcooked Meat

Rescue a dry and tough pork chop, chicken breast, or hamburger and make it moist and edible again.

IMAGE Dan Rivera

It happens even to the best cooks, whether by accident or by inexperience: you fried the pork chop, chicken, or beef burger for too long and now, it’s become too tough and dry to eat with any enjoyment.


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Don’t worry. The worst has happened but the overcooked meat can still be rescued and made edible again. How? By returning some of the moisture lost while it over cooked back into the meat and if needed, cook it even more to make it tender again.


Here's how: 


1 Cook it in a liquid.  

One way to rescue it is to cook it in a liquid. In the same pan used to cook the now overcooked meat, pour about 1 cup broth into the pan. Return the meat to the pan and bring to a boil. Cover and lower heat to a simmer. Simmer the meat in the broth for about 3 minutes and check how moist it is. Flip and simmer for another minute, basting with the broth before removing from the pan and onto a plate. Reduce the broth until slightly thickened and pour over the meat to serve as a sauce.



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2 Shred meat then toss in a sauce.

Another option is to shred the meat and toss in a flavorful sauce. Think pulled pork or chicken which you can serve sandwiched or toss into leftover adobo sauce. The sauce is what will seep into the meat and help make it moist again. 


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3 Simmer meat into a stew or soup.  

If the meat however has become too tough to eat even after these methods, you may have to completely overcook the meat until it becomes tender again, either as a stew or soup ingredient. You can even use a pressure cooker to hasten the tenderizing process.


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Either way, these three methods of rescuing overcooked meat should save you from throwing it out completely. Try it and see which method is best when you find you accidentally overcooked your next pork chop.


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