Typically, in offices, most people bring their own lunch from home to eat at their desks. In fact, even executives are twice as likely to bring lunch as going to a restaurant. The rationale behind this is simple. It’s economical and most often healthier than eating out.
There is one problem with this approach though—cold meal. Since a lunch box is usually made in the morning, they tend to cool down after being held for a few hours until lunchtime. Because of this, you won’t enjoy eating a cold meal at lunch.
In this article, we’ll explain to you the tricks that can make delicious dishes even when they had gone cold while at the same time, preventing food poisoning.
How to Make Delicious Hamburgers Even When Served Cold
Because your food had gone cold, you may think that there is no way and that there’s no choice. However, by following these simple tricks, you can still enjoy eating a juicy hamburger even when it’s cold. Here’s how.
1. Drain the fat from ground beef as much as possible.
Remove as much fat as possible. The fat will solidify all throughout the food when it’s cold. This will make the burger less appealing texture-wise because of the congealed fat, and chewy cold connective tissue.
2. Mix chicken meat and pork or beef meat at a ratio of 1:1.
Meat fats contain various components that have different melting points. To ensure tender texture and juicy bite, the meat must be cooked at ideal temperature. This would be at around 30 degrees Celsius (86°F) for chicken meat, 40°C (104°F) for pork, and 50°C (122°F) for beef.
To get the best tender texture and tastier meat even when cold, it is best to combine chicken meat and pork meat at a ratio of 1:1.
3. Use Oat or Wheat Bran
Both oat bran and wheat bran are great substitutes for breadcrumbs in breading meat. They are both excellent even when consumed cold, while at the same time, adding bulk and nutrition to the meat.
4. Add Vinegar
Vinegar contains a mixture solution of acetic acid. This acid can soften tough meat fibers.
Not only that, vinegar is also a preserver. Vinegary foods tend to last longer than foods with little or no seasoning. That is why sushi rice keeps better than plain rice.
Other Helpful Tips and Tricks
1. For sure, you’d prefer eating deliciously fried vegetables even when it is cold. A simple way to do this is to always use lid as much as possible when cooking vegetables. This will help retain its moisture.
2. When storing vegetables, wash it thoroughly and remove the leafy tops of vegetables such as radishes and carrots to greatly extend their storage life. If these are not removed, the rest of the crop will rot quickly.
3. Cook eggs well. Avoid soft-boiled eggs.
4. Foods that are refrigerated should be heated well before eating.
by: Junji Takano