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cutting frozen beef

post #1 of 12
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I like to cook when I have time, but have a lot to learn and my know how pales in comparison to many of the people who post in here.
So, I thought I would run a few questions by the forum on a little dilemma I have.

You see, back in the spring of this year, one of the supermarkets near me was having a sale on rib roasts. What supposedly normally sold for 12.99 / lb. was on sale for 4.95 / lb.
This seemed good to me, so...
despite never having cooked a rib roast, I got greedy and bought 4 roasts, vacuum sealed them, and put them in the freezer. And since then, have never gotten around to them.

So first off, any opinions on whether they are likely to be any good after being frozen, and for this long?

I'm also interested on hearing any options I might have in preparing methods, mainly to not waste anything. I would definitely like to be having standing rib roast for a couple of larger meals, but don't think I'll have enough family around to be able to get rid of all four in the near future.
( I've already searched out threads in here for this - I see there are several.) Anyone who can add to those, or provide suggestions for possible leftovers would be great.
I saw the cheesesteak idea. I'm also thinking possibly soup.

I'm also thinking of cutting some of it into steaks while still frozen, so I can use some of it and put the rest back in the freezer. I'm not sure how is best to try to do this however, or even if it's a good idea. Should it be done with a cleaver, saw, or something else?, Or would I just be better off leaving as a roast? Or maybe turn one of the larger ones into two smaller roasts?
Any suggestions for this are much appreciated.
post #2 of 12
nothing frozen goes bad unless you can visibly see an accumalation of ice crystals and brown spots on the meat(freezer burn) which wont taste very good but, bacterially speeking is not a hazard. Since you said it was vacuum sealed i think your in good shape. now getting into cutting the meat i dont see why you wouldnt be able too cut it frozen with a cleaver a mallet and some elbo grease just dont defrost it and put it back in your freezer.

i hope this helped
post #3 of 12
Band saw for a big frozen hunk.

You can refreeze meat that has been partially defrosted in the refridgerator. It may get a little dried out if refrozen but should be safe if it was handled properly in the first place.
post #4 of 12
once frozen, beef will never be as tender

but will still taste okay

use a band saw- anything else will be inviting a trip to the emergency room

if the store you bought it from has a well equipped meat dept. they may be willing to do it for free
post #5 of 12
cleaver and a mallet not everyone has a ban saw ive seen my grandmother cut frozen meat with the combo listed above i though we had real men on this forum
post #6 of 12
Why wouldn't ya have a bandsaw if your a real man?
post #7 of 12
Cleaver and a mallet is dangerous. Trust me on this. If you do not have access to a band saw then get a ten TPI hacksaw or buy a meat saw and use that.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by JimW View Post
Why wouldn't ya have a bandsaw if your a real man?



i got a 12 inch!
post #9 of 12
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ou can refreeze meat that has been partially defrosted in the refridgerator.


Partialy defrost and as dave said use a hacksaw, Or sawzall if you have one.
I often semi defrost meat and refreeze. Also when making burgers or sausage I thaw the meat enough to cut and grind , then refreeze the finished product.
If by chance you do have some freezer burn just take off a quarter inch and you'll be fine. Good Luck. Wish I had your problems., I picked up one Sunday and off to get another now.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Dan J View Post
or provide suggestions for possible leftovers would be great.




http://www.stripersonline.com/surfta...light=Stir+fry



But ya gotta like your rib roast relatively rare, as the leftovers won't do well in this dish if you have cooked the rib roast to medium.
post #11 of 12
Clean out your freezer and cook it all up and throw a block party,You will get rid of the meat and make a bunch of new Friends.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Steve in Mass View Post
http://www.stripersonline.com/surfta...light=Stir+fry

But ya gotta like your rib roast relatively rare, as the leftovers won't do well in this dish if you have cooked the rib roast to medium.


Definitely rare. If it's not, it will be due to a F-up - not on purpose!

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Originally Posted by jellybear View Post
Clean out your freezer and cook it all up and throw a block party,You will get rid of the meat and make a bunch of new Friends.


Cleaning out the freezer is exactly what I have in mind, just don't know if I can do it all at once. Just noticed my supermarket has them marked down to the same price range again for the hollidays - oh well...

Thanks for all the replies folks. I have the tools suggested, so now I will deal with it, and have fun while at it.
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