Should I freeze my packer?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by gotbags-10, May 6, 2012.

  1. gotbags-10

    gotbags-10 Smoke Blower

    Just bought a 9 lb packer. I don't need it until may 25 and the sell by date on it is may 27. Just seems like an awful long time for it to sit in the fridge unthawed. But I've also heard that letting it sit longer can help age and tenderize it more. Any thoughts?

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  2. austinl

    austinl Smoking Fanatic

    I frequently freeze them when they are on sale and it doesn't seem to have any effect on them.  Being a BBQ enthusiast I'd like to think the tenderness comes from my q-ing ;) 
  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I don't believe sitting in cryovac does much for tenderness or aging.  I would probably put them in the freezer since you are 14 days away.  I'm like you, the meat sitting the fridge for two weeks just seems too darn long
  4. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    Just remember when again beef go by the Case date not the store tag date... I freeze all the time don't see much of a difference good luck and happy smoking
  5. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'd freeze it. No harm.
  6. Since the sell by date is past your use date it should be fine to let it sit in the fridge til then...that is what the retail would do till it sells or has to be pulled.  However freezing is ok to.  Just remember it will take several days to thaw in the fridge.

    As to aging....the research that i have done on aging indicates that you are not going to get any benefit at this point. 
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would freeze it - too long for my personal comfort 

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