The Great Seasoning Debate

Seasoning Debate:

When to apply salt & pepper is a common seasoning question. Some chefs like to salt a steak well in advance of cooking, even up to 24 hours in advance. Others chefs salt right before cooking. The main drawback of seasoning in advance is that salt applied to the outside of the steak tends to pull water from the center of it onto the surface. If the steak is seasoned well before it is cooked, it will necessarily be less juicy. Any steak you hold in the refrigerator, salt or no salt, is going to lose juices overnight.

If salting right before cooking, let the steaks sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, sprinkle both sides & the edges generously with Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper. Press the salt crystals & pepper granules into the meat.

Another seasoning debate relates to black pepper. One school of thought suggests that applying the pepper before cooking can cause the pepper to burn while you cook it, imparting a bitter flavor. Followers of this school suggest grinding pepper onto the steaks after searing them or right before serving. In theory – black pepper could burn, but eliminates peppering midway through cooking as the pepper granules might not stick to the meat. Find the right cut & cooking style. Enjoy! #chef #restaurant #cooking #menu

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