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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?

  1. hotoynoodle 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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    1. re: hotoynoodle
      MrsJonesey Oct 29, 2012 08:10 AM

      Yes, mother. :-)

      1. re: MrsJonesey
        hotoynoodle 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.

        1. re: hotoynoodle
          MrsJonesey 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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          smtucker 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 Oct 29, 2012 07:43 AM

            for stock that tastes of freezer burn?

            1. re: smtucker
              ChiliDude 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 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 Oct 29, 2012 07:56 AM

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

                1. ipsedixit Oct 29, 2012 07:59 AM

                  Give it to me.

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

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                    MrsJonesey Oct 29, 2012 08:11 AM

                    Send me your address! lol.

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                    MrsJonesey Oct 29, 2012 08:15 AM

                    Thanks for all the replies!

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