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Unread 05-22-2013, 04:05 AM   #1
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Default Freezing Prime Beef

So, I went to Costco and bought a four pack of USDA Prime Boneless Ribeyes using my NEWLY OBTAINED COSTCO AMERICAN EXPRESS!!! Yep, getting that was a dumb idea because it's on mom's account and she knows how much I love good meat. SHe trusts me though even though I don't. $41 for four steaks seemed like a good deal to me.......

That said, I've never ever eaten prime beef, not even in a good restaurant. I've certainly never cooked it before and since I always cook for myself usually I need to store these steaks somehow. I have a vacuum sealer and was thinking about individually vacuum bagging and freezing them quickly. Is that a dumb idea? I really don't want to ruin these awesome steaks. Be a shame to eat that one steak that is awesome and mess up the other three I plan to freeze.

Anyone ever had any experience though with Costco prime beef and freezing it? Mom and the rest of the family aren't big on steaks or I'd say I would carry them home and just cook a big meal for them.
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Columbus said, go for it...
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You'll be fine doing what you said vacuum seal them and freeze them. They will be just as good the next time you cook them as long as its not like a year from now.
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Put them in zip lock bags and freeze for a couple of hours first. Then use vacuum sealer with vacuum bags.
Keeps from squeezing out the steaks.
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Great choice. I bough some a few weeks ago for Mother's Day. The prime ribeyes at Costco was really good. We didnt have to freeze them, but ive froze other steaks before and they are fine. Just make sure you thaw them out in the fridge completely to relax the meat. I've defrosted in the microwave before cooking and it came out tough. If you plan on eating one now and one next week, just freeze 2 of them.
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If you can, put a couple of chunks of dry ice in a cooler.
Wait 20 minutes for the temp to get nice and cold.
Put steaks in ziplock and put in cooler for an hour or 2.
Remove steaks and vacuum seal.


The dry ice freezes faster and doesn't allow ice crystals to form out of the moisture in the meat. Those crystals can hurt the texture.
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If I cant find dry ice cheap I might do that but my freezer runs super cold. It is literally jam packed full too. I have trouble closing the door. I guess that's a good thing though, probably have 20 packs of different meats and fish and hard to find stuff like quail, squab, etc in there. Guess there will be a few nice steaks in there too.

BTW, the pack date was the 19th but it has a sell by date of the 23rd. Are they that strict? I thought that a steak wrapped in a pack would last way longer than that on a shelf. Maybe a week on the shelf at the store and a week in the fridge at the house at least. Maybe I'm wrong about pre-cut steaks and their spoilage rate.
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If I cant find dry ice cheap I might do that but my freezer runs super cold. It is literally jam packed full too. I have trouble closing the door. I guess that's a good thing though, probably have 20 packs of different meats and fish and hard to find stuff like quail, squab, etc in there. Guess there will be a few nice steaks in there too.
You could invite me over and we will reduce the load.
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I have bought those plenty of times

I just vac seal them and put them in the freezer.

Works perfectly fine.
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Firstly how long do you intend to keep them. Vacuum packed and in the fridge they will last a number of days!!!!
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Well, I'll probably eat one a week so they are gonna be in there at least three weeks, or at least he last one. I vacuum bagged em this evening and threw three in the freezer in the coldest part so they'd freeze real fast.

That said..... What the HELL have I done to myself. First time having prime beef, so I went all out and used a probe therm on one single steak and did a reverse sear on it last night on my Performer......

I can honestly say I had no idea that the difference between Prime vs. Choice would be so big. If was like literally eating meat butter. I've never had a steak that tender and that flavorful. It was as tender as a filet mignon but had all the beefy flavor of a tougher cut.

It almost makes me wanna eat steaks A LOT less often and just eat the good stuff. Maybe if I get better at cooking Choice beef I won't say that, but as of right now that first prime steak has me rurnt.
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Here's the pack before I split it last night.



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dry age, eat one a week. please don't freeze(or refreeze as it were)prime meat.
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After three weeks I think it would be rotten if left out to open air. If it was a whole roast now I might think different, but maybe I am wrong wrong wrong. Not as knowledgeable as most of you fellers here. I'm a young un'.
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I know a lot of people say they can't tell the difference between them, but many of us can. Freezing does its damage. If you do freeze, do it as quickly as possible to minimize.
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