Frozen prime rib- any ideas?
As I was thinking about ordering a rib roast for Christmas, I realized I have about 4-5 lbs of prime rib that I cut off the 23 lb roast I got last Christmas - as I couldn't fit the whole thing in the oven and didn;t need that much- in the basement freezer. Well, it is almost a year later and I am wondering if this thing will still taste ok. I really do not want to roast it as we will have prime rib for Xmas- any other ideas? Cut it into steak, or use it for beef stew or bourginon?? Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks!
A couple of questions:
How is the beef packed? Vacuum-sealing tends to prevent freezer burn, which will ruin the meat quicker than anything else. If it's just wrapped in butcher paper, it's probably toast.
Is your freezer self-defrosting? If so, the variations in temperature required to melt the ice crystals will probably have caused the roast to lose most of its flavor and texture.
Best thing to do is take a good look at it; if there are no major ice crystals or discoloration, it'll probably be okay for steaks. Otherwise, you can always trim away problem areas and make soup or burgers. Or slice it thin and make cheesesteak sandwiches. I don't care for rib meat in long-cooked applications; it doesn't have enough connective tissue to give the right mouthfeel.
It is wrapped in plastic and foil and the freezer is self defrost.. I agree, it is probably not great at this poing. I love the idea of slicing thin for cheesesteak sandwiches. I guess i will just defrost it and see how it looks and make something on a night when we have an alternative. Thanks!
My butcher has prime rib on sale now and I am wondering if I should pick one up for the freezer. What happened with yours?