Freezer burnt meat

In my book, there is nothing worse than dreaming about a meal of venison chili or stew all day at work and coming home to find freezer burnt meat.  If you are a hunter, I am sure you have encountered this scenario before.  If you haven't, feel free to send me your tips on how you package your wild game!

Honestly though, odds are that most of us will have a run in with freezer burnt meat during our hunting careers.  I feel I take all of the necessary precautions to avoid freezer burn but I still will have three or four packages a year that are freezer burnt.

So what do you do when you open up a package of freezer burnt meat?  You could toss it out and go out to dinner but that wouldn't be very Metro Pioneer like would it?  In my opinion, it would be a shame to let that hard fought for protein go to waste just because of a little freezer burn.

As far as I can tell through my extensive research (looking on the Internet, asking my dad, personally eating it), freezer burnt meat is not harmful to eat (research this on you own before deciding if it is safe or not).  However, it does taste a little different so you probably shouldn't eat it plain.

Check out these tips on how to deal with freezer burnt meat

The first thing I do when encountering freezer burnt meat is to let it thaw out all the way and then trim off all the freezer burnt meat.  You will be able to tell the difference between what is freezer burnt and what is not because the freezer burnt portion will almost look browned while the good meat will look normal.  Throw out the freezer burnt meat and use the leftover meat in your recipe.

This solution will work for most of you but there is another way to cope with freezer burnt meat if you really want to be frugal.  If you do not want to throw out any of the meat, I recommend loading up on spices to mask the flavor.

I read somewhere that people from the south prefer hot spices because they were brought up using them.  Back in the day before refrigeration, it was probably pretty hard to keep meat preserved in hot places like the south so what better way to mask an off taste than to use a hot spice to overpower it?  Makes sense to me.

Other ways to mask the flavor of freezer burnt meat is to marinade over-night in soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce, mix it with more meat that is not freezer burnt, or cook it in a recipe that uses heavy sauce.  Chili works well to mask the flavor of freezer burnt meat.  Let the chili sit over-night in the fridge after cooking it to let all the flavors come together.  You won't even be able to tell the difference the next day.

not bad!

Try some of the above tips the next time you encounter freezer burnt meat.  You may find out it doesn't taste that bad.

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Mike said...

I tried your chili trick last night and you saved me! I usually just throw out freezer burnt meat and that just kills the cheap person in me.

Unknown said...

Thank you for these great tips on saving the meat!!!!

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