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Old 08-29-2012, 12:39 PM   #1
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I was thinking about buying some briskets for a US Costco on the next trip to the US. Canada is a huge rip-off at 7-8 bucks a pound for Brisket cuts. Many websites don't recommend freezing brisket cuts. This killing any chance of saving some money buying busier cuts south of the boarder.

Can you freeze brisket cuts without loosing some of the flavor for use at a later date?
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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I was thinking about buying some briskets for a US Costco on the next trip to the US. Canada is a huge rip-off at 7-8 bucks a pound for Brisket cuts. Many websites don't recommend freezing brisket cuts. This killing any chance of saving some money buying busier cuts south of the boarder.

Can you freeze brisket cuts without loosing some of the flavor for use at a later date?
If you are willing to buy them frozen, and keep them frozen you will have better results. A packer has the ability to freeze them much faster than most people do at home. That DOES make a difference in the quality. If Costco has some cases in a freezer, it might be worth a shot.
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:08 PM   #3
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Some pros freeze briskets before cooking them. Give it a try and see what you think.
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:30 PM   #4
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I buy my meat on sale and freeze; have a couple of packers in the freezer right now. Comes out fine.
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:48 PM   #5
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Not an expert, but my 2 cents would be to keep it sealed in the original cyro-vac or vacuum seal yourself.
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I have never noticed any difference with the fresh brisket flats I buy by the case and freeze then thaw to smoke, and just cooking a fresh brisket.
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Just buy them and freeze them. Make sure that the seal is still intact.
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Thanks guys,

I was having a hard time understanding why these so-called internet experts were so agilent against freezing Briskets. I think they've become like the talking heads on CNN. There's a lot of white noise advice on the web these days.
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:18 PM   #9
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I just picked up a couple briskets from Costco this past weekend and tossed them right into the deep freeze (still in cyro-vac) for a later date. They always turn out delish!

I also have a hard time paying 8$per lb

Of course i also stocked up my charcoal supply to get me through till next year!
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We buy 14-16 lb packers, trim, separate the flat and point, freeze the flats in food saver bags and turn the trimmed points into ground beef. We've had no problems at all and have done really well with the flats in competition.

The ground up, trimmed points also make better ground beef than we can buy out here.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:13 AM   #11
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We buy and freeze briskets all the time and it doesn't seem to hurt them.


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Old 08-30-2012, 07:45 AM   #12
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Agreed. I freeze briskets lots, I've never had an issue with them. The issue I usually have with my briskets is "operator error."
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I buy choice briskets by the case from a wholesaler and freeze them for when I need them. There has never been a problem with the quality of the meat after freezing.
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OK, guys what about ribs?
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I've got eight racks in the freezer right next to my briskets.


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