I recently asked my Instagram audience what struggles they had working with raw meat and a huge number of people were confused at the instruction to “cut meat against the grain”. I did this quick video series to explain it and I wanted to share it here, as well!
What is the “grain” when talking about meat?
The grain refers to the muscle fibers. Think of them as lines or strings of tissue throughout the meat. All meat has a grain. If you look at a piece of meat (raw or cooked) look for the visible “lines”. Cutting against the grain, means to cut perpendicular to those lines.
Why is it important to cut against the grain?
It’s important because meat cut in the wrong direction turns out chewy and unpleasant, while meat cut against the grain chews easily and falls apart in your mouth (a good thing!)
If you’d like to put this into practice with a flank steak as shown in the video, try one of these!