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Do I have to brown meats before adding them?

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Question: Do I have to brown meats before adding them?
Answer: Browning many meats helps reduce the fat content and can enhance the flavor and texture of dishes, but it is not necessary. For stews, meat cubes can be dredged in seasoned flour before browning then slow cooking. Ground beef is usually browned first, and some people brown large amounts of ground beef ahead and freeze in 1-pound packs.

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