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Jun 13, 2007 12:51 PM

Freezer burn - can beef recover?

Hamburger patties freezer-burnt to a crisp! Any hope or suggestions on how to recuperate it?

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  1. No hope...the whole molecular make-up of the meat changes once the freezer burn sets is an altered product from the time it was frozen until now

    1. You could do something like chili with it with heavy seasonings so the beef is really more a texture than a distinct flavor

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      1. re: Candy

        A chili must derive it depth of flavor not only from seasonings, but from the meat itself...IMO that is why ground turkey is inferior as a base for will be chili..but minus a lot of flavor

        1. re: nyfoodjoe

          That is true, but wasting it is kind of sad and some beef stock could be added to the chili.

          1. re: Candy

            You are comes down to how much it pisses you off to throw away the product and how much you are willing to compromise on a dish...

      2. I wouldnt use it, throw it out.. It is cheap to replace.

        1. I would throw it out. Hate when that happens. Suggestion for future burgers- make the burger patties, and wrap each individually in Stretch Tite plastic wrap, then put the burgers in to a zip lock bage. I do this with all of my meats now- each serviing is individually wrapped, and never have this problem any more.

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          1. re: macca

            Got it - thanks. We'll be starting from scratch tonight then!

          2. I'm cheap, so I'd use it. Probably something like sloppy Joes. Or if they were REALLY freezer burned, I'd cook 'em up and give 'em to the dog...he's not too picky.