Save my chuck roast? My roommate can't help but mess with my food.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 12, 2012 at 3:52 AM

So I had a chuck roast in the slow cooker today. Cooked it most of the day, cut some off for dinner when it was done, took the veggies out, and left the rest of the beef in to get even more tender and awesome. It was being cooked in beef broth with a little onion, garlic, salt and pepper.

My roommate, who apparently still doesn't understand my aversion to having my food messed with, decided to be "helpful" and add water to it because he thought it was getting dry. He added a LOT. Like, enough to cover the whole thing! It was practically being boiled. I pulled a corner off and tasted it and it was so blah and bland, not rich or flavorful at all like it had been a few hours before. I took it out so it wouldn't continue to sit in that water and put it in the fridge for now because it's late and I wasn't sure what to do with it, and frankly I don't want to be in the kitchen dealing with his stupid, meddling self.

Is there anything I can do to save this roast? I hate the thought of throwing it out but I also hate the thought of eating it as it is.



on November 12, 2012
at 10:35 PM

He has a lot of guns. So while I agree that adulterating my food should result in physical violence, I'm going to save my cave-girl punching for the unarmed. ;)



on November 12, 2012
at 06:08 AM

I agree with suggestion of salt and fresh herbs. Maybe some lemon juice as well. If it's a bone in roast you could leave bone in and boil itsimmer for many more hours and have a nice broth- that is where all the flavour fo the meat went afterall. Or boil it down to conetrate flavour as suggested below...



on November 12, 2012
at 05:57 AM

When your done saving the roast re-heat the spoon for another wack in his head.



on November 12, 2012
at 05:53 AM

Oh save the roast? Yeah of course veggies some bacon (of course) and more garlic.....that should do the trick. Actually thats my answer to everything.



on November 12, 2012
at 05:52 AM

Hit him in the head with a heated metal spoon to get your point across. HEY! You must be assertive. I once stabbed my brother in the hand when he attempted to take a piece of my food! Given I was a wrestler on a 4 day fast at the time....stupid him I say! Either way food is sacred! Physical violence is the only reasonable retaliation in my opinion.



on November 12, 2012
at 04:40 AM

You can also make some soup out of it by adding vegetables sauteed in olive oil. Salt and fresh herbs mask any flavor, you can also add some fresh garlic and even hot pepper to make it spicy.

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on November 12, 2012
at 04:21 AM

If this were me, I'd take the water out of the slow cooker and dump it into a pot and reduce it down--essentially boil off the excess water. When it gets down to about a cup, or however much you want to reduce it to, it should be nice and rich again. Put it in your slow cooker with your beef and continue to cook.



on November 12, 2012
at 03:55 PM

I like Mimintzer's suggestion but an alternative is to make beef salad. put the beef and some of the liquid (reduced if it's too watery) in a food processor with some caramelized onions, some roast portabellos, mayo, and harbs/spices. Chop that stuff up and serve as you would a chicken salad: scoop up with Romaine, carrots, whatever. yums!



on November 12, 2012
at 06:42 AM

Cut it up and dress it with vinaigrette and some capers.

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