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  • Can defrosted meat be cooked rare or medium rare?

    I found some rump steaks on offer the other day and bought 12 of them. I cooked 2 of them to rare/medium-rare but the others have gone into the freezer. I'll be defrosting them one by one over the next few months, but my question is, is it safe to cook them to rare, or do they need to be well done (and chewy )?

  • #2
    I do all the time. I dont get an upset stomach. Im not sure what the exact guidelines are about eating previously frozen meat but i do know that most bacteria in meat is only on the surface of the steak etc. as it has been touched by fingers, the cutting surface and the cutting implement (known as vehicles of bacteria in food circles) If you give the steak a good searing in some hot fat then you should kill any bacteria. I know there are issues with frozen meat possibly harbouring very tough resistant bacteria or other pathogens (the ones that survive the freezing) so you are taking a minor risk. Maybe do a google search or wikipedia search. I personally wouldnt worry about it

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    • #3
      As long as they weren't off when you froze them they will be fine .
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      • #4
        Anybody who has bought a quarter cow or more is eating all previously frozen meat. It's as safe as any meat if defrosted properly. Don't throw it on the countertop and go away for the day, coming back only when the thing is lukewarm. And keep it covered to prevent stuff "landing on it". If I need to put meat out to thaw on a workday, I will wrap it in a towel on the counter. That seems to insulate it enough to slow down the thawing to prevent it overheating. And the outer parts of the meat don't get too warm while the middle is still frozen. It acts like a mini-icebox. Then cook right away - don't put it back in the fridge for another time. That's where more danger lies.

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        • #5
          I've never heard of it being an issue and I do it all the time. Freezing, from what I understand, greatly slows the bacterial growth so unless you've had the meat in the freezer for six months you should be fine. The issue that most people need to be careful of is refreezing the meat.
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          • #6
            yes

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            • #7
              Cheers, that's good to know.

              I don't think I'll have them 'well done' again. Takes me a good half hour to get through them, and I always end up with a dodgy jaw the next day

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              • #8
                I defrost meat (in warm water *gasp*!) all the time and still cook it rare... no worries

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                • #9
                  i do too, still alive.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Melody View Post
                    i do too, still alive.
                    Well all those that die of it aren't going to be able to go on here and write "This shit killed me"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Pandadude View Post
                      Well all those that die of it aren't going to be able to go on here and write "This shit killed me"
                      Only until I reach Lvl 12 Necromancer!!!

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                      • #12
                        Safest way to defrost meat is in the fridge -- it'll take overnight, and it's ok to put it back in the freeze. After that, in a sink full of cold water. Like danaandvicky said you really just have to worry about the bacteria on the surface, which is how we can eat even CAFO meat rare so long as the surface gets cooked. Just be aware that a burger, and anything else with ground/mince meat is all surface.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jspradley View Post
                          Only until I reach Lvl 12 Necromancer!!!
                          LMAO!

                          Originally posted by AndreaReina View Post
                          Safest way to defrost meat is in the fridge -- it'll take overnight, and it's ok to put it back in the freeze.
                          Yes, it's safest to thaw it in the fridge, but you'll have a major decrease in quality if you then freeze it again, although it will still be safe if you've handled it properly. If it has warmed past 4 Celsius for any significant period of time (guidelines are 2 hours), you can't re-freeze it safely.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Pandadude View Post
                            Well all those that die of it aren't going to be able to go on here and write "This shit killed me"
                            Rofl
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jspradley View Post
                              I defrost meat (in warm water *gasp*!) all the time and still cook it rare... no worries
                              Yup.
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