When I have cooked a leg of lamb or a beef joint I end up with no juice in the pan. I end up using a stock cube. What am I doing wrong? I put salt pepper and oil on it before searing in a frying pan then put it in the oven.

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    Doesn't seem like you are doing anything wrong.
    – Michael E.
    Commented Nov 1, 2014 at 19:43
  • What would you expect to happen?
    – GdD
    Commented Nov 1, 2014 at 22:52
  • to get an answer that matches your circumstances you may have to expound a bit on what you mean by 'cooked', such as for how long, at what temp or temps, kind of pot or pan, lid on or off, or anything else that has the potential to play a role in outcome. Commented Nov 2, 2014 at 1:21

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The way you describe it, you seem to be doing it quite right.

So, let's have a look at where juces in a pan come from and where they might go:

  1. Any juice in the pan comes either from the meat or from added liquids (like wine).
    You actually don't want your meat to loose it's water - that's what we call dry meat ;-) A small amount is fine, if you lose nothing, you a) obviously used good quality and b) did everything right with the searing.
  2. If your meat exudes liquid during roasting but afterwards nothing is left, it has evaporated. That ist especially likely when using a convection oven.

If you want gravy you could either

  • Add some liquid like broth, wine, port or even water (whatever goes with your type of meat and your personal preferences), spices (peppercorns, clove, bay leaf, allspice...) and a mirepoix when roasting your meat. Place the seared meat either in the liquid or on a rack above it to catch any drippings (which might not be much). Scraps from your meat / bones could go in, too.
  • Make it separately (even beforehand!) from bones and veggies.

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