Using previously frozen meat? Pros/cons?

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by rugercpl, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. rugercpl

    rugercpl Newbie

    Is there a difference in outcome when making snack sticks from previously frozen meat? Freezing meat breaks down connective tissue so that's why you often see water seep out of thawing meat. Will this impact the end result of the snack sticks? I will probably be grinding and freezing the meat I don't stuff right away since I'm getting a lot of it from the bear I'm harvesting. Thx
  2. A lot of people are working with frozen meat. I have always been happy with using it. I can't say if fresh would be noticeably better or not.

    Happy smoken.

  3. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Always thaw your meat SLOWLY in the fridge, it will be fine for sausage etc.
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Lots of us buy quantity On Sale and freeze. Once the meat defrosts and the Leach is expressed, that's it. There will be no difference in the grinding, mixing, taste or quality of your snack stix...JJ
  5. Can't speak for sausage but I've as often as not used frozen for jerky and it comes out fine. Kinda hard to jerk and smoke a whole moose without freezin [​IMG] As mentioned, plan ahead and thaw in the fridge.
  6. ctraugh13

    ctraugh13 Newbie

    Actually, once the meat is only about 1/2 to 1/3 frozen, it is SIGNIFICANTLY easier to slice----if simply using a sharp knife---than when all the way thawed out.

    Often, if I am prepping fresher meat for jerky, will stick in freezer a few hours just to  make it easier to thin slice.
  7. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You need to strike when the iron is hot my friend! I have 4 turkeys (3 in freezer) for under $20 total cost. And when I cook them, they will be tender and succulent! 

    Stay hungry my friend!

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