Lessons > Braising | Combination Cooking

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Lesson Overview

Braising is one of the combination cooking methods which involves both dry and moist heat.

Meat and/or vegetables are often first browned and then slowly cooked in a liquid until they become fork tender. Succulent and full of flavor, braised dishes fit into every culture around the world because nearly any combination of aromatics, vegetables and liquids can be used to build a braised dish.

In this lesson, you will learn the technique of braising. While many vegetables, such as fennel or Belgian endive can be braised, the ingredients that benefit most from this cooking method are tough and coarse cuts of meat.

For this lesson, we are going to focus on braising meats, using beef short ribs as our example. In this lesson, you will learn how to choose and prepare the meat for braising and how to build a braised dish by adding various layers of flavor. You will also learn how to cook a braised dish, test it for doneness and how to finish the sauce prior to serving.

Even though braising may seem like a time consuming process, it is actually quite easy and requires very little work. We will walk you through the entire braising process so you can braise with confidence and best of all, without a recipe.

Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • understand what braising is and how to do it
  • understand how to build flavor into a braised dish
  • explain how much liquid should be used in a braised dish
  • identify when a braised dish has finished cooking
  • know how to thicken, enrich and finish the sauce

Course Syllabus

START: Watch Lesson Platform Tour
1. Introduction: Braising | Combination Cooking 3 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. What is a Braise? 1 min
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4. Choosing & Prepping Braising Ingredients 2 mins
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5. Browning the Meat for Braising 5 mins
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6. Adding & Browning Mirepoix for Braising 3 mins
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7. Deglazing & Adding Liquid for Braising 2 mins
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8. Adding Bouquet Garni for Braising 3 mins
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9. Slow & Low Cooking for Braising 4 mins
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10. Finishing the Sauce for Braising 8 mins
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11. Practice Activity & Recipes 60 mins
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12. Practice Activity Part 2 30 mins
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13. Lesson Quiz 15 mins
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Finish Line 2 hrs 18 mins Total Time

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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