What Do You Put On It To Make It Brown?
by Joslyn Neiderer
During my second pregnancy, I craved tacos, specifically ground beef tacos. I wanted them at all the regular meals times: breakfast, lunch and dinner, but also at 4 A.M. When I was put on bed rest at twenty-one weeks, my poor husband took over the 4 A.M. taco runs. Soon after he decided we should have a steady supply of taco fixings at home.
“What do I do first?” he asked.
“You brown the meat,” I told him.
“Okay,” he said stepping towards the stove holding the spatula aloft. “What do I put on it to make it brown?”
What I was referring to was heating the meat – cooking it until it turned brown. I’ve learned that a lot of people understand “browning meat” but don’t understand the process at work behind the color change.
So I made this video to try to explain it a little more.