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How To Cook A Tender Juicy Steak

You invest a lot of time and money into the steaks for a special occasion and when dinner time comes, they are tough. What happened? How can you cook steaks as tender as your favorite restaurant?

The first step to cooking a good steak is to choose the right grade of steak. The top quality beef is graded USDA Prime and commands top prices. USDA Prime grade meats are sold to the restaurant industry and specialty markets and are not as likely to be found at your local grocery chain. The next grade of beef is USDA Choice. USDA Choice is tender, flavorful and only slightly lower in quality than USDA Prime. The meat is well marbled with fat and will be tender and juicy when properly prepared. USDA Choice makes up about 70% of all graded beef and is readily available in your supermarket. USDA Good graded beef is an acceptable grade of beef that has only minimal marbling of fat. It is leaner, but may not be as tender as USDA Prime or Choice.

Next, look at the color and texture of the meat. A good steak should be firm to the touch, moist, and bright in color. It should be well marbled with thin streaks of white fat throughout and a thin crust of steak on the outside. In our fat conscious society, we tend to look for lean cuts of meat, but the thin streaks of white fat marbled throughout the meat are the key to a tender juicy steak.

The most tender and juicy steaks come from the sirloin, the short loin, and the rib. These steaks include the sirloin steaks, porterhouse steaks, t-bone steaks, rib steaks, delmonico steaks, and the filet mignons. Steaks containing bone will weigh more than those without, but the bone adds flavor to the steak.

Aging is a desirable process that intensifies the flavors and makes the meat more tender. Aged steaks are more expensive and usually only found in high end supermarkets and specialty markets. An aged steak is recognizable by its darker color.

Once you have purchased your steak, you can further increase the tenderness and juiciness by marinating it. Try a marinade made of ½ cup each good wine and olive oil mixed 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice or herb vinegar. Add any seasonings that you like such as garlic, freshly ground pepper, onion, or herbs. Place the steak in a ziplock bag, pour in enough marinade to just cover it, and refrigerate overnight. Marinating a steak like this will add flavor and tenderness. If you routinely store steak in the freezer before cooking, try pouring the marinade over the steak before freezing. The steak will marinate when thawing and be ready to cook.

There are meat tenderizers available to sprinkle onto your steak, and they certainly do tenderize the meat; however, meat tenderizers can sometimes over tenderize the meat, changing the texture of the meat into mush. If you should choose to go this route, do it carefully.

When ready to cook, slash through the outside fat layer on the steak in a few places to prevent curling, but do not cut into the meat. The more tender steak cuts can be broiled, grilled, or pan fried. Less tender cuts should be pan fried or slow braised. Steak should never be cooked in liquid. When pan broiling, use a very heavy skillet such as an iron skillet or griddle and heat the pan before adding the meat. The heavy metal will hold the heat for proper heat distribution and not cool down when the steak is added. A hot pan will quickly sear the outside, trapping the moisture inside.

When cooking, try to turn the steak only once. Cook the meat until browned on one side and half done, then turn and finish the other side. Turning too often will stew the meat rather than searing it and produce a less juicy steak. When the steak is done, remove from the pan and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.

While the meat rests you can make a sauce with the pan drippings if desired. Use your favorite sauce, or fry mushrooms and onions in the pan. When nearly done, add a tablespoon each of butter and flour and cook until lightly browned. Add a splash of wine and loosen any bits that may be stuck to the bottom of the pan. Allow to cook until thick, taste and adjust seasonings, and serve over the steak. Enjoy!

Tender Loving Airsoft Care

There are some very important rules for safety when using airsoft guns.

The first caution is to thoroughly read your airsoft gun manual before using the gun. Each airsoft gun is going to have different characteristics for operating it.

After you play with airsoft guns, you should always remove its magazine and switch it back to the mode of single shot. This releases the spring within hthe box. Next you should disconnect the airsoft gun’s battery and clean and lubricate all airsoft guns before storing them.

The inner barrels of the guns should be sprayed with silicone on the hop up if you’ve used them extensively.

There are maintenance tips specific to gas operated air soft guns. With these pistols you must clean all dirt off their mechanisms, release the gas that remains in the magazine, and lubricate most areas of the gun.

When you fill gas airsoft gun magazines, do it the proper way. Invert the gas as you fill the magazine. If you’re unsure consult the user manual and follow the illustrations and instructions carefully.

Make sure you don’t use too much gas in your airsoft guns. If you overfill the magazine or their seals could be damaged and this could result in gas leakage. The standard amount is a charge of only 2-3 seconds.

The magazine of these gas airsoft guns could get quite cold after they are used a lot. What this will do is decrease the guns power. If this happens wait for 10 minutes before continuing your play so that your airsoft gun’s magazine can warm up.

Battery Tender 021-0156 Battery Tender Plus 12V Battery Charger True Gel Cell Model

Battery Tender 021-0156 Battery Tender Plus 12V Battery Charger True Gel Cell Model

  • Temperature-compensated to ensure optimum charge voltage according to ambient temperature
  • Unique Gel Cell battery adjusted software allows for a slightly lower charge voltage and higher store voltage to protect sensitive true Gel Cell batteries
  • Charges all lead-acid, flooded or sealed maintenance free batteries (AGM and Gel Cell)
  • Complete 4-step charging program (initialization, bulk charge, absorption mode and float mode) allows for optimal constant battery levels without overcharging
  • Automatically switches to float/maintenance voltage mode after fully charging the battery

The BatteryTender Plus 12V Battery Charger True Gel Cell Model is the most advanced charger/maintainer on the market especially designed for today’s GEL acid batteries. The BT Plus uses micro-processor technology in a four stage charging profile to charge, improve, and float your battery so it is ready when your are. Constant current charging and regulated voltage patterns allow the battery to be recharged fully and safely without the fear of overcharging. GEL Batteries need a lower voltage rech

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Battery Tender 500-0017 Utility Bag Pouch

Battery Tender 500-0017 Utility Bag Pouch

  • Nylon pouch
  • Zippered on three sides
  • Plastic inserts for registration or liscense
  • Water resistant

Battery Tender Utility Bag Pouch is a zippered utility pouch with battery tender logo. It is a nylon pouch and is zippered on three sides. This pouch has plastic inserts for registration or license. It is water resistant.

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Battery Tender 022-0165-DL-WH 12-Volt 2-Bank Battery Management System

Battery Tender 022-0165-DL-WH 12-Volt 2-Bank Battery Management System

  • Solid state two color LED indicates stage of charger; spark proof and reverse polarity protected
  • Two independent charging stations, each providing 12 volts/1.25 amps, with temperature compensation to ensure optimum charge voltage according to ambient temperature
  • Complete 3-step charging program (Initialization, Bulk Charge, Float Mode) allows for optimization of battery power, without overcharging
  • Perfect for all AGM (absorbed glass mat), sealed maintenance free and flooded batteries
  • 2-year limited warranty

The Battery Tender 2-Bank charger is a top of the line 12 volt 1.25 amp charger/maintainer using the BT Plus recharge profile. The BatteryTender 2-Bank uses micro-processor technology in a four stage charging profile to charge, improve, and float your battery so it is ready when your are. Constant current charging and regulated voltage patterns allow the battery to be recharged fully and safely without the fear of overcharging. The real bonus is that the 2-Bank is capable of charging two batteri

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