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MrsJonesey Oct 29, 2012 07:11 AM

3+ year-old frozen beef short ribs with freezer burn. The vacuum seal failed. Ugh. Hate to be wasteful and toss. Do you think a highly seasoned braise could make these worth the effort?

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  1. hotoynoodle RE: MrsJonesey Oct 29, 2012 07:13 AM

    no point throwing good money after bad. toss it.

    this may be a good lesson for you in controlling your inventory?

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      MrsJonesey RE: hotoynoodle Oct 29, 2012 08:10 AM

      Yes, mother. :-)

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        hotoynoodle RE: MrsJonesey Oct 29, 2012 08:16 AM

        lol, i can only imagine you have a separate freezer so stuff gets lost in there? not having that luxury of space, i rifle through my contents pretty regularly.

        i also feel like a 3-year old pile of freezer-burnt meat is long-ago sunk cost and not worth the time or energy to "maybe" salvage. please don't get me wrong, i am a very thrifty cook.

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          MrsJonesey RE: hotoynoodle Oct 29, 2012 12:17 PM

          Well.....truth be told, I have "found" this same package of meat a few times since discovering the vacuum seal had failed and would ponder what to do until I forgot about it again. I would say lesson learned, but I know myself too well. Actually, I do fairly well staying on top of my inventory. No Martha Stewart here though.

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      valerie RE: MrsJonesey Oct 29, 2012 07:32 AM

      Toss.

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        jeanmarieok RE: MrsJonesey Oct 29, 2012 07:35 AM

        Toss.

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          smtucker RE: MrsJonesey Oct 29, 2012 07:39 AM

          And I would add some beef bones, cut the meat into chunks, and make beef stock.

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            hotoynoodle RE: smtucker Oct 29, 2012 07:43 AM

            for stock that tastes of freezer burn?

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              ChiliDude RE: smtucker Oct 29, 2012 08:10 AM

              smtucker...I second the motion. One will not know the taste test results until one tries it. If the test proves to be horrible, then dump the stock.

            2. tcamp RE: MrsJonesey Oct 29, 2012 07:46 AM

              I would probably cook them up for my favorite canines. Such a shame to waste them.

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                lcool RE: MrsJonesey Oct 29, 2012 07:56 AM

                I would not cook them for me,but fine for the dogs or cats.

                1. ipsedixit RE: MrsJonesey Oct 29, 2012 07:59 AM

                  Give it to me.

                  I've developed a taste for freezer-burned meats.

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                    MrsJonesey RE: ipsedixit Oct 29, 2012 08:11 AM

                    Send me your address! lol.

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                    MrsJonesey RE: MrsJonesey Oct 29, 2012 08:15 AM

                    Thanks for all the replies!

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