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Can I freeze my steak with the marinade?

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dmjordan Nov 16, 2012 07:23 AM

Hi,

I bought a flat iron steak. I was going to marinate half and freeze the other half. Since I'm making the marinade anyway, can I coat the steak in the marinade and throw the whole thing in the freezer without making the steak mushy or gross? The main ingredients of the marinade are honey, lemon, balsamic vinegar, worcestershire sauce and olive oil.

Thanks!

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    Zalbar Nov 16, 2012 07:48 AM

    Chill your marinade and meat in the fridge then move it to a sealed bag in you freezer. The reason for this is because you are slowing the formation of ice crystals within the meat. Going from room temperature to frozen results in larger ice crystals forming. Anything you are going to freeze should be chilled to just above freezing.

    That being said.

    I would cook the whole thing, and then using the left overs for something else. Cut up and use in a sandwich, salad, stir fry, or make some jerky (<- my preferred choice: http://ruhlman.com/2012/06/beef-jerky... ), etc.

    Cheers!

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      seamunky Nov 16, 2012 07:54 AM

      "Anything you are going to freeze should be chilled to just above freezing."

      I never thought of this but that makes total sense! Thanks!

    2. ipsedixit Nov 16, 2012 07:50 AM

      Yes.

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        baseballfan Nov 16, 2012 07:57 AM

        I do this all the time. I like to buy meat in bulk when it's on sale and I often buy tougher cuts that need marinating. I do a number of different marinades and I dump it over the meat and stick the whole thing in the freezer. It works out great since you don't have to thaw and then marinate. You can also use this method with chicken and pork.

        A word of caution though, I like to use the freezer ziploc bags cause they take up less room in the freezer and you can stack them. I always double bag them because a couple of years ago, one of my bags leaked and made a huge mess in the freezer. Also, I label them so I know what type of marinade is on the meat. It all looks the same once frozen.

        1. d
          dmjordan Nov 16, 2012 09:55 AM

          Thanks everyone for the replies! And btw, Zalbar, I like the tip for freezing food and I'm going to check out that jerky!

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