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Unread 03-14-2012, 11:53 PM   #1
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Default Can you freeze uncooked corned beef?

I want to freeze about a zillion corned beef to turn into pastrami since this is the only time of the year they go on sale. Should I desalinate them and freeze them or just freeze them in the bag with all the ucky juices and seasoning?

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I don't like the idea of trying to freeze heavily salted water and getting a good freeze in a normal household freezer. I think I would remove, vacuum pack and wrap in paper. Adding a little fresh water would help as well.
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I don't like the idea of trying to freeze heavily salted water and getting a good freeze in a normal household freezer. I think I would remove, vacuum pack and wrap in paper. Adding a little fresh water would help as well.
Do you think I should de-salinate first?
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I wouldn't bother with that, unless it is just a few. I am just guessing here Marty, I know in the fisheries (much better freezing equipment) they freeze with just a little water film, fresh water. I suspect the salt in the meat won'tbe a big issue though.
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The USDA says yes, for up to one month.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/...Beef/index.asp
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Good question Marty. I would repackage like Landarc said and put them in the freezer. Check the next day. If they are frozen solid leave um in. If not you're going to have to take the salt out.
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I've frozen corned beef many times for many months with no problems.
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I've frozen corned beef many times for many months with no problems.
Me too. I've got a small deep freeze just for meat and have not had problems with just tossing in a corned beef in it's original packaging for several months.
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^^What they said^^ I do it all the time, never had an issue.
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I've frozen corned beef many times for many months with no problems.
Ditto on that ^^^^^ It freezes hard as a rock, and the solution helps ward off freezer burn IMO. Cheers!!!
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I've frozen corned beef many times for many months with no problems.
Me too. I think we still have some in the freezer from New Years sales. Time to go get more!
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Thanks for asking this Marty. I was actually planning to stock up on the cheap corned beef and had the same exactly question.
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Pastramiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I just bought six last week for the same reason (pastrami) and there froze solid. I get that many every year and have never had a problem.
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