Frozen Beef Ox tail – 1.5kg (*£11.99 per Kg)
Frozen ox tail is a flavorful and tender meat that is often used in a variety of cuisines, including Nigerian cuisine. Ox tail is a cut of beef that comes from the tail of a cow.
To prepare frozen ox tail, you will need to thaw it first. Thawing can be done by placing the frozen ox tail in the refrigerator overnight or following the package instructions for thawing. Once thawed, you can proceed with the cooking process.
Here is a general process for cooking frozen ox tail:
Seasoning: Rinse the ox tail under cold water and pat it dry with a paper towel. Season it with salt, pepper, and any additional herbs or spices according to your taste preferences. You can use ingredients such as garlic, onions, thyme, bay leaves, or any other seasonings that complement the flavors you desire.
Browning: Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add a small amount of oil and brown the ox tail on all sides to develop a rich flavor and color. This step helps enhance the taste of the final dish.
Braising: Once the ox tail is browned, you can add aromatics such as onions, garlic, and any other vegetables you prefer. Pour in a liquid such as beef broth, red wine, or a combination of broth and tomatoes to cover the ox tail. The liquid will help tenderize the meat during the slow cooking process. You can also add additional herbs and spices for added flavor.
Simmering: Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Allow the ox tail to simmer gently for several hours, typically around 2 to 3 hours, or until the meat becomes tender and easily falls off the bone. Stir occasionally and check the liquid level to ensure it doesn’t dry out. If needed, you can add more liquid during the cooking process.
Adjusting and Serving: Taste the braising liquid and adjust the seasoning as necessary. You can skim off any excess fat that rises to the surface. The ox tail is ready to be served when it is tender and flavorful.
Cooked ox tail can be served as a main dish alongside rice, mashed potatoes, or vegetables. It is often enjoyed with the braising liquid or used as a base for soups and stews. Nigerian dishes like oxtail soup or oxtail stew (also known as “oxtail pepper soup” or “isiewu”) feature this flavorful meat.
Remember that cooking times may vary depending on the size and thickness of the ox tail, so it’s important to check for tenderness as you cook.