Dealing with Freezer Burn:
A proactive way to keep this from happening, is to wrap your meat with some cling-wrap and seal it in an air-tight bag before freezing it. I’ve found freezer burn only happens when I pop the meat in in the original package. Taking a few minutes to seal it up yourself relieves you from worrying about pesky freezer burn.
What it looks like is a bit of white or grey meat; what happened is freezer burn, trust me it’s not mold. I freaked out the first time it happened to me and threw away a whole package of lovely ground beef that was perfectly fine.
I’ve tried cooking the meat that suffered from freezer burn and unfortunately there’s no way to save it once it’s been burned. Simply remove the portion that suffered from freezer burn, and continue cooking your remaining beef as normal.
Some people defrost their meat out on the counter-top, but I always defrost my meat in the refrigerator. I never know exactly when I’m getting back from classes, and by having it in the fridge I never have to worry about it spoiling.
It takes about 12-24 hours for meat to defrost, depending on how large your portion is. If you’re simply defrosting a couple of pre-made burgers, it won’t take nearly as long as a whole package of ground beef or steak.
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