>>7363047 You can have a Maillard's reaction and undercooked meat, but only if you had a thick as fuck steak and seared it. The reactions would happen on the surface of the meat, but the inside would be overcooked. However, that is not the case with your picture, where the meat cuts are very thin.
>>7363037 It makes no difference whether the meat is room temperature or not. If the meat is uniform in temperature, all parts of it need to have the same amount of heat energy added in order to bridge the distance to the target temperature. Reducing that distance by 15 °C does not make any difference because the distance is uniform and it will be bridged anyway by the cooking process.
The maillard reaction just refers to the searing, with things like meat that's usually done by cooking at a high temperature with thicker pieces so that the searing can occur quickly without overcooking the inside.
>>7363066 From what I understood you are supposed to salt the meat then let it hit room temp and make sure the salt liquifies for a proper maillard. The difference was noticeable IMO. Was I told wrong?
>>7363107 >you are supposed to salt the meat then let it hit room temp I've studied heat transfer and this is just an old wives tale. Making sure the surface is dry makes a bigger impact as the evaporation of liquids takes up more heat energy than merely heating up the meat.
The salt does not 'liquefy' as much higher temperatures not achievable in your kitchen is needed to melt salt. The logic behind this: What salt does is trigger osmosis, a process which draws further moisture out of the cells. This moisture collects on the surface and you can blot it away with a piece of paper towel, resulting in an overall drier surface and thus better Maillard reaction. However in reality, the amount of moisture brought out by the tiny amount of salt is negligible. This is only relevant when you want to cure meats and in this case you literally bury the meat in salt for very long periods of time.
TL;DR salt it during cooking, before or after, it makes no difference and you can cook it straight from the fridge OK
Look into baking soda if you want a shortcut to the Maillard reaction, I don't want to overload you with boring technical stuff.
>>7363166 there are many more effects with the osmosis in fact. after several hours it reaches a saturation and another effect starts. don't pin me down on that, you can easily google it and i'm too lazy right now. nevertheless I'm worrying way more about another interaction which is left out all the time: osmosis of (salted/not salted) meat in hot oil. I think I don't need to show proof this is happening as you can easily make a sauce from the leftovers in the pan. I'm aware the major part is liquid leaking from the meat, but if I can preserve some of the flavor by some technique, I would be definitely on for it.
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