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The Roast, a Traditional Family Meal

Tender, Comforting, Delicious

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For a meal with family or friends, a roast has everything going for it. It’s inexpensive, easy to cook and will definitely please everyone around the table. Here are a few tips from your Metro butchers for storing, tempering, and cooking it to perfection. Bon appétit!

Safely store your meat

Cook your roast within 2 to 3 days of purchasing it. If you don’t intend to cook it quickly, you should freeze it.

Tempering desired portions

To thaw your meat, put it in the fridge. Don’t thaw it on the counter because that will help bacteria proliferate.

It can take a small roast 5 hours to thaw while bigger ones can take up to 12 hours. Take it out of the fridge 15 minutes before cooking.

The right cooking techniques

You don’t need to sear your meat before roasting it. However, this technique will seal the juices inside the meat and make the flesh juicier. It will also give off an appetizing aroma!

Once the meat is cooked, let it rest under aluminum foil for one-third of its cooking time. This will make the meat incredibly tender!

Refrigerate leftovers

Wait until your roast is no longer steaming before putting it in the fridge. If it’s too hot, it could take too much time cooling down in the fridge, which means more bacteria.

The heat from a roast can also warm up the contents of your fridge.


Get inspired by our fall recipes

For an even more memorable meal, take a look at the recommended food and wine pairings for each of these recipes!

Roast Beef Recipes

Roast Pork Recipes

Smart cooking with kids!

This beef and mushroom vol-au-vent recipe is a great way to use leftovers and it will get your kids interested in helping you out in the kitchen. Time-saving tip: you can purchase pre-made pastry shells at your grocer!

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