Everything You Wanted to Know about Cooking Roast Beef
Company’s coming. How large a roast do I need to buy?
- For generous portions (and maybe even some yummy leftovers), buy 250 g (8 oz) per person (raw).
- For a roast that has bone, increase that by about 30% – so, 375 g (12 oz) per person.
- What’s a serving? A Canada Food Guide serving is 75 g (a bit over 2 oz) of cooked beef (which you get from about 125 g (4 oz) raw beef.
Not enough juices for making gravy – now what?
If you don’t have a lot of juices in the bottom of your pan after roasting – that’s a good thing! That means that your roast will be extra juicy when you carve it AND that the drippings you have in the pan are super concentrated with flavour. Click here and scroll down for a quick lesson on making great gravy (video lesson is also available).
How do I cook up a big Oven Roast – one that weighs 4 to 5 kg (9 to 11 lb)?
You manage a large roast just as you would a smaller one (see our Cooking Lessons for all the info you need). You can follow our expanded Cook Time Chart here for timing guidelines (based on our tested and true 2-temperature cooking method):
How can I tell when my Oven Roast is done?
Cook like a pro –take the guesswork out of cooking and use a thermometer to cook an Oven Roast just the way you like it. Our favourite thermometer by far: a digital model that lets you monitor cooking without even opening the oven door – most models even send out a signal when your meat is cooked to the doneness you select. WOW – it’s a roasting miracle – worth every penny! Get one at your local cookware or hardware store – carried by some progressive grocers as well. Or order on-line from Williams Sonoma.