I did not learn from my experience of cooking heart. This Christmas – my sister-in-law had bought a forth of a cow, and let me take some cuts of beef home for my Christmas gift. So digging through my freezer I found beef neck. I was not sure how I could use this cut of meat… but it looked like I could use it to make stew.
So that week I salted onions, celery and the cuts of meat in a big pan. The neck cuts were interesting in that they did not hold as much meat as I thought they would. The meat was tough, and was hard to cut off the bone due to a lot of tendons – Hurray for sharp knifes! I ended up with half pound of meat (and the bone marrow from the bones). I added lots of vegetables to bulk up the stew… then thickened it with flour.
This turned out much better than the heart. It was a tasty stew (mostly vegetables with a taste of beef) that tasted much better with some soy biscuits (Sour milk biscuits made with a cup of soy flour in them). I do think that time wise and money wise – it is better to buy a pound of ground beef and stretch the meat with vegetables. I have discovered that my favorite recipe is the vegetable burgers (meat loaf made with potatoes, carrots, onions and other vegetables instead of bread) and I cook them individually in muffin tins so they are ready for lunches.