The next time you’re in the mood for a good steak dinner, you may want to add a bit of vinegar to your dish.
It’s the latest craze in the culinary world and while some have embraced the idea as an added flavouring, others have found it hard to resist the urge to eat the vinegar.
“If you’re like me, and if you’re into vinegar, you’ll probably find that it just doesn’t taste as good, or that it doesn’t actually make the steak as tender,” says Michael J. Rochon, a chef and restaurateur from New York City who is the author of a cookbook called The Taste of Vinegar.
“I’m actually going to be starting to make some of my own vinegar, and it will be a little less salty, but it’s going to have that kick,” he says.
But if you want to be 100 per cent safe, you need to eat it raw, says Roch on his blog, The Taste Of Vinegar: The Complete Guide to Vinegar, a recipe for vinegar-free steaks that he recently published with The Wine Club of America.
“You want to use the vinegar from the same source, the same time of year, the exact same amount, and ideally with the exact amount of vinegar that you would use for your steak,” he adds.
“It’s just really important to be as safe as possible.”
In order to make a steak safe, there’s no other way but to soak it, to drain it, and to keep it that way.
“A good steak can last longer with vinegar than with salt, but salt is also essential to keep the taste of a steak fresh, says Professor Mark Osterberg, a nutritionist and director of the Nutrition Center at the University of California, San Francisco.”
There’s not a lot of people that can eat a steak that’s going through the process of salting, which is a very complicated process,” he tells Al Jazeera.”
And so when it comes to the taste and the texture of the steak, salt is probably going to play a very significant role in how the steak tastes.
“The secret of a good vinegar-scented steakThe science behind vinegar and the tasteThe science of why vinegar is important to the body is well understood, and there’s a lot more to the story than just the simple stuff of how it’s used to smell, says Dr Andrew W. Oakes, a professor of nutrition at the School of Public Health at the George Washington University.”
Vinegar is a molecule that has many chemical and physical properties that have different properties depending on how it interacts with the environment,” he explains.”
The primary way that it interacts is through its hydrogen bonding with the surface of a mineral or a cell wall.
“But the chemistry that’s involved is quite complex.”
That’s why there’s this sort of ‘disease complex’, that we call a ‘dictionary of chemistry’, which is what we call the ‘knowledge’ of how this chemical works.
“And that’s where the chemistry comes in, says Wakes, and why you can’t just cook vinegar to taste like steak without it adding a little extra saltiness.”
Basically, if you add too much salt to a steak, it’s not going to give you a great steak, so that’s why it’s important to eat raw,” he said.”
We’re all going to get the same reaction, and the only way to tell if you have a bad vinegar-induced reaction is if you’ve actually eaten it.
“A good vinegar is just going to smell salty, which doesn’t mean that you have to cook it in a pot or fry it in oil.”
Raw vinegar will still be salty, and so there’s not that much to add to a dish that you can cook in the same way.
“The key to the chemistry behind vinegarA good way to eat a good raw steak, says Oakes is to put it on the grill.”
When it’s ready, take it off the grill and put it back in the oven,” he advises.”
Let it sit in the pan for about 30 minutes.
“That’s when the heat of the oven and the temperature of the water vapor will start to heat it up and that’s when it’s starting to cook.”
It’s important not to put your raw steak in the fridge for too long.
“When you’re cooking it, it will absorb all the salt and the fat that’s in it, so you’re not going do any further cooking to the steak,” says Oake.
But to really make the most of the taste, you can also add salt to your salad, he says, adding that “some people like to add salt at the end of a meal for a little crunch.”
A few simple steps to making a vinegar-safe steakThe best way to make vinegar-based steaks without adding extra salt is to soak them in a bowl of water, and then