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"Braise" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "estofar", and "stew" is a noun which is often translated as "el guisado". Learn more about the difference between "braise" and "stew" below.
braise
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to cook at low heat partially submerged)
a. estofar
We're going to braise the beef for six hours until it gets nice and tender.Vamos a estofar la carne durante seis horas hasta que se haga bien tiernita.
b. guisar
After marinating the pork overnight, braise it with the vegetables.Después de marinar el puerco durante la noche, guísalo con las verduras.
c. cocer a fuego lento
It's the first time I braise chicken, and the meat was tender and full of flavor.Es la primera vez que coso el pollo a fuego lento, y la carne quedó tierna y llena de sabor.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (culinary)
a. el estofado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Everyone's eyes went wide when they smelled the braise.Se les pusieron los ojos como platos a todos cuando olieron el estofado.
b. el guiso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The braise was one of the most delicious things I'd ever tasted.El guiso fue una de las cosas más ricas que había probado en mi vida.
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stew(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (culinary)
a. el guisado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Who made this delicious stew?¿Quién hizo este delicioso guisado?
b. el estofado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My mom made a stew with lots of vegetables and some beef.Mi mamá hizo un estofado con muchos vegetales y un poco de carne.
c. el guiso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This stew needs more salt.Este guiso necesita más sal.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to cook slowly in liquid)
a. guisar
First, stew the meat. Then, add the sauce.Primero guisa la carne, después agrega la salsa.
b. estofar
Cover the pot while stewing the vegetables.Cubre la cazuela mientras se estofan las verduras.
c. cocer
The chef stewed the meat for one hour.El chef coció la carne durante una hora.
d. dejar reposar (tea)
Mildred stewed some tea and talked about the weather with her friends.Mildred dejó reposar el té y habló del tiempo con sus amigas.
e. hacer compota de (compote)
Alejandro stewed apples with some sugar, raisin, and cinnamon.Alejandro hizo compota de manzana con un poco de azúcar, pasas y canela.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to cook slowly in liquid)
a. guisarse
The beef stewed perfectly.La carne se guisó a la perfección.
b. cocerse
The vegetables stewed more than necessary.Los vegetales se cocieron más de lo necesario.
4. (to suffer discomfort)
a. dejar sufrir
The detective told Gilbert he could charge him with murder, then let him stew for a while.El detective le dijo a Gilbert que lo podría acusar de asesinato y después lo dejó sufrir un rato.
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