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Old 01-14-2011, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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Default 1.75 lb. flank steak ... for one person :(

So, I made a mistake. (That's happened only once before. )

At the supermarket a few weeks ago, I bought a 1.75 lb. flank steak. I wasn't thinking when I unpacked the groceries, and just threw it in the freezer.

Yesterday, I took it out to defrost. The problem is that my husband doesn't eat red meat. What I *should* have done is cut the meat into one-person portions BEFORE freezing. I just wasn't thinking.

So, now I have a 1.75 lb. flank steak defrosted.

Any thoughts? I'm not going to want to flank steak 3-4 days in a row. Do you think I should broil the whole thing and then freeze what I don't eat??? And, really, how bad will it be warmed up again, out of the freezer?

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Old 01-14-2011, 08:34 AM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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I cook meat and freeze it all the time--I'm ALWAYS cooking for one AND I buy in bulk, so I have it down to a science!

When I cook and freeze meat, I usually use the frozen meat in a dish, not to eat by itself, such as a quesadilla, casserole, stir fry, etc. The possibilities are endless!

(Steak quesadilla--holy yum!)
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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I cook meat and freeze it all the time--I'm ALWAYS cooking for one AND I buy in bulk, so I have it down to a science!

When I cook and freeze meat, I usually use the frozen meat in a dish, not to eat by itself, such as a quesadilla, casserole, stir fry, etc. The possibilities are endless!

(Steak quesadilla--holy yum!)
AH! Good idea!

Let me ask you, how about this? What if I cook it until it's *almost* done... then cut off the part that I won't eat tonight, and freeze that in a couple of portions? That way, I can broil it some more when I defrost it. Yes? No? I'm an idiot?
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:45 AM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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I don't know if twice cooked steak would be the best...

I've heard that to avoid contamination, you shouldn't refreeze thawed meat, and since you won't be cooking it all the way, it would be the same type of thing.

I wouldn't do it, but that's just me. All the meat that goes in my freezer is fully raw or fully cooked.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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I don't know if twice cooked steak would be the best...

I've heard that to avoid contamination, you shouldn't refreeze thawed meat, and since you won't be cooking it all the way, it would be the same type of thing.

I wouldn't do it, but that's just me. All the meat that goes in my freezer is fully raw or fully cooked.
Y'OK! Fully cooked it is, then.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:55 AM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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Found an article on it:

Is It Safe To Refreeze Meat? Why Or Why Not? | A Moment of Science - Indiana Public Media

Looks like Artie may be one happy dog
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:55 AM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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Can I come over and have some steak quesadilla too? Problem solved!
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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Thanks, sweets. I was going to cook it all the way when you said so before, but now FOR SURE. Well, it was FOR SURE then, too.

This part of the article made me laugh:

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So if you canít cook it soon, throw it away, or give it to the dog, who is not as sensitive to those bacteria.
1. Artie is not getting any part of a $12.00 flank steak. I give him hamburgers every day; that's my limit!

2. If I'm not going to eat it (with all of its bacteria), I'm certainly not giving it to Artie, who has a wonkier stomach than I do! Imagine the poop issues that I'll have with him, then! NO THANK YOU!
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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Can I come over and have some steak quesadilla too? Problem solved!
YES! I'll pick you up at the airport, JJ!
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:03 AM
 
Location: overlooking the mighty MO
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as a beef farmer I don't trust anyone who doesn't eat beef
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