A man vs machine steak-out challenge

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As restaurateurs know, a picture of a perfectly cooked succulent steak is still an image that’s known to entice diners through the doors of their establishment.

Although it’s not as popular in Asia or Eastern European countries, beef steak is still consumed in vast quantities throughout the US, Australia, New Zealand and Western Europe. A sizzling steak is a firm favourite on menus across the UK, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg.

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HOW TO COOK THE PERFECT STEAK

Of course, this depends on your idea of perfect so we got in touch with Fresh Food Guru Andrew Gordon who comments, “My preference is to let the steak come to room temperature and then oil & season it or brush with an oil based marinade. I am also a fan of cooking dirty which is straight onto the coals on the BBQ”

How long you cook your steak depends on taste. As a guide, these are the times we were recommended for a 2cm thick sirloin.

  • Rare: approx. 1½ mins each side
  • Medium rare: 2 mins each side
  • Medium: about 2¼ mins each side
  • Well-done: 3+ mins

Obviously, this is only a general rule, and cooking times will depend on the thickness and density of the meat. So how do you know if your steak is ready to serve? You can use a meat thermometer, though you’ll have to poke a hole in your steak to do this.

THE STEAK-OUT TEST

To put all this “chef stuff” to the test we take a novice cook from the MWS team and invited a few hungry lads around for a bit of world cup action. Steak and nothing but steak was on the menu and with a ‘Man vs Machine’ theme, we use the good old frying pan and the Tefal OptiGrill.

Tefal OptiGrill – On first impression we wondered if a machine could get it 100% right and if all the flavoursome juices would be kept, especially since we’re using steak cuts at different shapes and sizes.

“THE MACHINE IS SUPER EASY TO USE AND HAS ‘AUTOMATIC SENSOR COOKING’ TO WORK OUT THE THICKNESS AND TEMPERATURE OF EACH OF THE MEATS”

Thankfully it’s fool proof since at each stage of the cooking process, rare to well-done, an LED Indicator changes colour and beeps to inform you it’s ready.

Amazingly the steaks were 100% perfectly cooked according to each preference with all the tasty juices remaining as if it had been served at a fancy restaurant by a top chef. A lot of the fatty juices are drained into a drip try (for all you health conscious guys) too.

You’ll also see from the pictures that it’s definitely a guy friendly machine with some unique stylish design features.

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Read the ful review here:
http://www.menswearstyle.co.uk/2014/07/31/succulent-steak-still-sizzles/1225

 

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I am absolutely ecstatic to write about Tefal’s new “Optigrill” I have had it sitting in my kitchen just waiting to be turned on and yesterday was the BIG day! We fancied something Summery but without the hassle of setting up the barbecue, especially with the two boys running around in the garden. Wow what a result and we were treated to instant tasting grilled and charred vegetables and halloumi in a flat bread wrap!

Read the full review here:
https://shivaaydelights.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/the-optigrill-my-new-toy/

 

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You know when you see something on TV and just love it? Well that’s how I felt about the Tefal OptiGrill. But did it meet my high expectations?

I’ve been testing it out for the last couple of weeks and so far I’m not disappointed. Here’s my first test with steak…

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There’s a setting for every type of meat and even one for veg, the coloured light system is really easy to follow, and I love that the plates are removal to go in the dishwasher. The only downside really is the size of the thing – it’s probably not a practical purchase if you have a cramped kitchen.

I’ll be showing you more tests with grilled veggies and paninis very soon, but I’ll also throw it out to you… what would you like to see cooked on the Tefal OpriGrill? I’m open to suggestions!

Disclosure: we were sent the Tefal Optigrill for review.

 http://www.amummytoo.co.uk/2014/05/testing-the-tefal-optigrill/#main

 

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The Tefal OptiGrill is a stand alone grill which uses technology to improve results. Sensors determine the thickness of what’s being cooked, and the user selects a category: fish, or one of a range of different types of meat. The grill uses these two pieces of information to show, by changing the colour of the LED cooking level indicator on the handle how well cooked any particular item is at any point.

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We were impressed with the results we achieved. Strips of chicken breast were cooked all the way through, but remained succulent. Sausages were well – but not over – cooked (albeit a little flattened by the top grill plate), with good charred stripes; cooking burgers to the recommended well done stage resulted in a patty that was still moist and juicy.

See the ful review here:
http://fussfreeflavours.com/2014/05/review-tefal-optigrill-perfect-grilling-everytime/

 

 

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