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Stewing Basics for Fall Flavors

Fall has arrived and the South Dakota Beef Industry Council is excited to share some of our favorite Fall recipes and easy cooking methods for you and your family. The smell of fall cooking generally comes from one of the many ways to cook BEEF, the slow-cooking method. This method leaves an aroma throughout the house that will grab anyone’s attention.

One of the many ways to slow cook beef, is called Stewing, the best part about stewing is it does all the work for you. This comforting cooking method takes cubes of beef mixed with vegetables and other ingredients in enough liquid to cover them all to create a delicious, hearty meal. This slow-cooking method, similar to braising, with the key difference being the beef is covered in liquid. Stewing is best done in a heavy stockpot or Dutch oven on the stovetop or in the oven, or in a slow-cooker.

Here are a few tips when preparing to Stew Beef this fall season:

1. Cut and Dredge

Whether you're using pre-packaged cubes or cutting your own, aim for cubes about 1-inch square. Many stew recipes call for dredging the beef in seasoned flour before browning.

Dredging: This describes the process of coating the meat — usually with seasoned flour or bread crumbs — before cooking.

2. Brown the Beef

Heat a drizzle of oil in the pan over medium heat and brown the meat on all sides, and drain (unless your recipe says to leave the drippings). You may need to work in batches if using a smaller pan. If you're using a slow cooker, transfer it over.

3. All Together Now

Depending on your recipe, now's the time to add seasonings, vegetables and liquid — such as beef broth, wine, beer, juice or even water. Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover with a tight-fitting lid.

4. Simmer and Stew

Follow your recipe for timing guidelines. Don't lift the lid — unless your recipe calls for adding vegetables or other ingredients later on. You’ll know it’s done when the beef is fork-tender.

One of the best tips to follow when stewing beef is to use a tight-fitting lid and keep it on while stewing to prevent moisture and heat loss, which can impact cooking time.

There are so many great Stewing recipes to follow, so we’ve made it a little easier for you and collected some of our favorite and simple Stewing recipes from Beef Its Whats for Dinner:

Cowboy Beef Stew -

North African Harissa-Braised Beef Stew-

Find more great Stewing recipes at or at

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