Marinade cuts such as Stew Beef and Stir Fry are cut out of the round section of a beef.  These cuts are packed full of deep flavor but can be a little tough without a marinade or slow cooking.  Stew Beef is best in the slow cooker 4-6 hours, but if you need something quick, try the quick tenderize method.

Quick Tenderize Method1.      Sprinkle baking soda on thawed beef and leave for 20-30 minutes.  (1.5-2 teaspoons baking soda per Lb. of meat) No need to leave over 30 minutes.2.      Rinse meat thoroughly in a strainer making sure to remove all the baking soda and pat dry with a paper towel.