Tuesday Tip // Tempering Meat

This year, I’m featuring a series called “Tuesday Tip” where I’ll be – yep, you guessed it – sharing a simple kitchen tip once a week! Do you have any standby kitchen tips you absolutely can’t live without? I’d love to hear about them!
I’m sure there’s nothing that makes you happier on this fine Tuesday morning than a nice picture of raw meat staring you in the face…but…it’s here to make a point…and a very important point at that! We’re talking about tempering meat today, and you may be wondering what the heck that means exactly. Well, it’s actually pretty simple. Tempering is just a fancy way of saying, “hey, let that meat get to room temperature before you cook it”.
In America, we are crazy phobic about leaving any meat, eggs, or dairy out of refrigeration for any period of time. But, really, it’s going to be ok, and it’s going to help the cooking process a lot. By letting the meat get to room temperature, you’re doing a few things. First, it helps the meat cook evenly, since the core of the meat will be close to or at the same temperature as the outside. Second, it also helps the meat cook faster. If you’ve ever noticed issues with your meat’s cooking time not matching up with a recipe’s designated cooking time, it’s possibly due to the lack of tempering. Third, when you plop a piece of cold meat into a hot pan, it immediately drops the temperature of the pan; thereby, causing an inconsistent sear and uneven cooking.
For smaller cuts of meat (like a chicken breast), give it 15-20 minutes out of the fridge to temper, and for larger cuts (like our ol’ friend Mr. Chicken Roast above) give it a good 45-60 minutes. Just be sure to keep it in area of your kitchen where it’s not receiving direct sunlight.


  1. So so great to meet you at the blogger meet up on Friday! You were so fun to talk to & I can’t wait to read all about cooking school! 🙂 xx

    • Melissa says:

      So great to meet you too! Such a cool event. Your photography is soooo amazing! Um…and I can’t believe you won a trip to SOUTH AFRICA!! You lucky girl.

  2. Ginger Haave says:

    If there was a “like” button I would click on it! Two thumbs up for Tuesday Tip 🙂

  3. Awww! yay! You’re so sweet. Yes, honestly CANNOT wait. It’s going to be amazing. Stay tuned for picture updates! haha 😉

  4. Awww! yay! You’re so sweet. Yes, honestly CANNOT wait. It’s going to be amazing. Stay tuned for picture updates! haha 😉


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