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Old 07-10-2011, 11:14 AM   #1
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Default Can you Taste a Difference?

I didn't want to hijack the earlier thread on freezing a brisket....but that raised a question....

Can you taste a difference between meat that was frozen and then thawed before it was smoked vs meat that was never frozen?
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:24 AM   #2
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I think it's highly unlikely if it was properly frozen. Side by side, you could probably tell, but the difference is probably too subtle eating it on its own.
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:25 AM   #3
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Not one little IOTA of difference to me.
And, I freeze most of my briskets.

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I would doubt one could tell the difference. How can really be sure it wasn't frozen before you ever bought it, assuming it came from a grocery store that is?
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I agree that there is little difference. I've found this to be the case with most meats actually. Especially if it is cryovac/vacuum sealed frozen.

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I'm sorry, I have to disagree with the above. Freezing does a number on the meat cells, but how important this is depends on how it is cooked afterwards and your tolerance. Grilled steak that was previously frozen I find a sin. Most chicken you buy already has been frozen -- this is partly why a fresh chicken tastes so good. For smoked meats, it depends on what you're doing to it afterward how it holds up. Pulled pork, not so bad.
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:13 PM   #7
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I agree with the Dill Bar Master on this one. I'm not so sure that the difference is noticed in the taste as much as it is in the texture. When the cell membranes in meat are ruptured by freezing, the loss of muscle proteins and other cell fluids can results in a dryer and tougher meat when thawed.

I do freeze raw meat when I buy in bulk, but if at all possible I like to cook fresh meat. Sometimes it's hard to find meat that hasn't beef frozen somewhere along the way, but I try :)
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I find them to both be yummy and would hit either of them.
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I find them to both be yummy and would hit either of them.

There's something oddly familiar about this statement.
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The meat was frozen before you bought it to begin with. Don't sweat it.
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