Do you have to brown lamb before slow cooking?
No, you don’t have to brown lamb before slow cooking. The meat will still become moist and fall-off-the-bone tender. However, the slow cooker will never be hot enough to brown the meat, so if you decide to skip this step be aware that the finished dish may look paler than expected.
Browning the meat doesn’t take long and has some advantages, including a good looking, caramelised surface and richer coloured dish. It can also give a deeper flavour, and some say a better texture.
How to brown meat for slow cooking
Follow these tips to brown a large cut of meat before slow cooking. It only takes a few minutes:
- Pre-heat a pan on high heat with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
- Sear each side of the meat for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown all over.
- Remove meat. It can be placed directly into the slow cooker.
You only want to give colour to the outside, and the rest will cook in the slow cooker. This is why it’s okay to use a nice high heat.
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