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Discussion in 'Beef' started by twistertail, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    Was at the store this weekend and they had corned beef briskets on sale for $1.49/lb, that is the cheapest I've seen so I got 2 of them. They expired today so I put them in the freezer and going to try one next week. Any problems with freezing a corned beef? The package said use or freeze by March 1st so I assumed it was ok to freeze but dont remember seeing anyone on here mention about freezing them. Thanks for any help.
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have used frozen corned beef several times with no issues
  3. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    Should be fine....
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    As the others said it should be fine that was a great buy we never see them that cheap around here.
  5. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks guys. I thought it would be ok but just thought I would ask.
    Piney, if my wife had not been with me I would have got a lot more than just 2 ;) Might stop by on the way home and see if there are any left, plus they have pork shoulders on sale for 98 cents now!
  6. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    When thawing them I would suggest doing a "quick thaw" which is placing them (still in the package) in a bowl or bucket and fill with cold water then leave the water trickling for a few hours, the constant flow of trickling water will keep it flowing and at an acceptable temp.
    Only reason I would suggest it is because today was the sell by date and you would be adding an extra few days if you thawed them in the fridge giving the meat more of a chance to think about turning, with the water they come out perfectly fine, a lot quicker AND is completely an acceptable way of thawing when it comes to safety regulations.
    And good luck!
  7. twistertail

    twistertail Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for that tip Fire. I bought them on Saturday and the sell by date was Monday, so I had 2 days plus I was thinking that since it was brined wont that give you a few extra days? Either way I'll still do the quick thaw just to be safe, thanks I would not have thought about that.

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