When I first saw this method of cooking a steak on Kadir Barcin’s YouTube channel, I was a bit confounded because I thought to myself “won’t that glass break?”
But when I thought about it a little more, I realized that as long as you use a canning jar or a Ball jar which are made specifically for preserving jams and jellies in a high liquid heat environment, you should be all right.
By using these sealed jars you are creating a vacuum which allows you to preserve your summer harvest, giving you peaches or strawberry jam in winter — not only a bit of color, but some much needed vitamin C as well.
This same process can also be used to preserve meats. Now since I’m not planning on preserving the meat in my cellar over winter, but instead eating it right away, it’s not critical that I maintain a high pressure seal. (The USDA recommends that preserved meats be processed under high pressure to ensure that any pathogens be killed.)
So all you’ll need for this recipe is a ribeye steak (a one-pounder will do) kosher salt, pepper, a bay leaf, a couple cloves of fresh garlic, half a small onion, some cherry tomatoes if you have them, and finally some dried thyme and paprika.
So pretty simple in terms of ingredients. And the cooking process itself couldn’t be any easier. So get yourself a canning jar with lid and let’s cook ourselves a steak in a jar!
How to Cook a Steak in a Jar
- 1 quart mason jar
- 1 lb. rib eye steak well marbled
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
- 10 peppercorns
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 onion small
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 3 cherry tomatoes
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- Cover both sides of the steak with salt and pepper.
- Place the seasoned steak into the mason jar. Add all of the other ingredients.
- Seal the jar with the lid and but not too tightly.
- Line a deep saucepan or a pot with a cloth napkin or dishcloth. Add the jar.
- Fill the pot with boiling water so that 2/3 of the jar is submerged.
- Bring the water up to the boil and then reduce to a low simmer.
- Cook for 3-3 1/2 hours.
- Using pot holders remove the jar and unseal. Pour the steak out onto a shallow dish and serve with a crusty loaf of bread.