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Feb 7, 2012 06:21 AM

Frozen Prime Rib

I always salt the prime rib for 24 hours before roasting. But since it is frozen, should I just defrost it in the fridge loosely wraped or without covering on a rack? Should I wait until it is completely defrosted before I put the salt on? And finally, is there a benefit to salting it for 48 hours? Thank you!

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  1. I would defrost it lightly covered and wait to salt it. Defrosting results in some water loss, and salting before it is defrosted would not be good. As for length of salting, it depends on the weight of the meat and amount of salt.

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    1. re: Karl S

      Thank you. It is just 2 ribs. I'm cooking it for Valentine's Day, so I'm thinking I'll put it in the fridge on Saturday. Hopefully, it will be defrosted by Monday and then I'll salt it.

      1. re: DaisyM

        Depending on where you place it in the fridge, a 2-rib roast might well not be thawed in 48 hours. Indeed, I'd expect it not to be thawed in the center. But maybe that's just my fridge, which I keep at about 35 degrees.

        I'd put it in the fridge Thursday. It will not spoil by Sunday or Monday, when you could proceed with your salting scheme.