Joshua Applestone: How to Cook the Perfect Steak

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Cooking the perfect steak, believe if or not, is really easy. We worked with our friend and butcher, Joshua Applestone to produce this short how-to video.

Mr. Applestone knows a thing or two about steaks. He’s co-founder and head carver at Fleisher’s Grass Fed & Organic Meats in Kingston and Brooklyn, New York.

This is how Fleisher’s describe what they do:

Fleisher’s Meats carries premium products from local farmers who have raised their animals on a primarily grass-based diet or organically-raised. These animals live natural stress-free lives and are not treated with antibiotics, hormones or fed animal-by-products and therefore produce healthy, great-tasting meat, milk and eggs. We consider ourselves partners with farmers who share our standards and practices.

In this video, Josh explains the uncomplicated method he uses to create the perfect medium-rare steak every time. Here are the instructions he gives at the end of the video:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Remove steak from the fridge, let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes
  • Crust both sides with salt
  • Get oven-safe pan smoking hot (do not use Teflon coated pan)
  • Sear each side for two minutes
  • Brush steak with butter or olive oil
  • Place pan in oven, roast for six minutes
  • Remove from oven, let rest on plate for five minutes
  • Slice, serve and enjoy

We’ve found the best way to cook a perfect steak is to, um, start with a perfect steak. We prefer grass-fed meat because it’s raised the way animals are supposed to be raised. If you have ever been around a feedlot operation, you’ll know why.

Mr. Applestone knows a thing or two about steaks.

On author Richard Manning states unequivocally the benefits of raising animals on grass. It’s a good read and worth clicking on the link. Here’s what Mr. Manning states as the multiple benefits of grass farming:

The Multiple Benefits of Grass Farming

  • More humane animal treatment
  • More nutritious meat and dairy products
  • Reduced flooding and soil erosion
  • Increased groundwater recharge
  • More sustainable manure management
  • Less E. coli food poisoning
  • More fertile soil and more nutritious forages
  • More diverse and healthier ecosystems
  • Reduced use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to grow unsustainable corn and soy

Although lately we have reduced our meat intake, when we do want to enjoy a steak or a chop or a chicken, we make sure to ensure we are buying meat that was raised properly.

We think it’s good advice.

Do you have a technique for cooking a steak that you would like to share?

Credit photo: Craig McCord