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Cooking w/ Frozen Meat?

Hi All!

I was going to make venison stew today (like beef stew but with venison instead). We forgot to pull out our stew meat out of the freezer last night though. My question is: Is there a way I can still cook this with the meat frozen? I know that in the past I've made chicken breasts in the crockpot starting w/ frozen chicken. Venison is super lean so I was already planning on adding extra liquid, is there anything else I should do? Should I just wait until tomorrow after the meat has had a chance to thaw?



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Feb. 21st, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
You will probably have extra liquid since it thaws out as it cooks so I wouldn't put to much in there.
Feb. 21st, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
I'm no cooking expert or anything so maybe there's some reason not to do this that I don't know about, but I never thaw out meat before I put it in the crock pot. I'm lazy like that.
Feb. 21st, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
You can quickly thaw the meat under cool running water, or using the defrost feature of your microwave. The cool running water should work quite well with stew cubes.
Feb. 21st, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
I know I'm in the minority here, but I agree with food safety experts about not putting frozen meat into the crock pot. It stays too long in the danger zone and can lead to food poisoning.
Feb. 21st, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
I've never had an issue (except for it gives me more liquid than normal.) using frozen meet.
Feb. 21st, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
With chicken or cubed meat like stew meat, I use frozen. I wouldn't put a roast or whole bone-in turkey breast in frozen, but quick cooking or cut up meat is fine.
Feb. 21st, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
If the meat is in relatively small pieces (chicken legs, stew meat) I will put it in frozen. I generally try to start it on HIGH and switch down to LOW if I'm around.
Feb. 21st, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Of course you can. It'll be slightly tougher than if it were thawed, but totally edible.
Feb. 22nd, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
Twenty-five years of crock potting -- almost always, I've used frozen meat. In huge chunks. Friday it was 1/2 a turkey breast. And as a Home Ec. Teacher, believe me when I say food poisoning is not high on my list. No problems in all those years.
Feb. 22nd, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
I cook from from frozen all the time. With stew meat that's in pieces, I check periodically and break them apart as soon as possible. Any contamination will be on the outside of the meat, so you want the cut surfaces to come up to temp as soon as possible.
Feb. 22nd, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
i only ever cook from frozen when using the crock as I'm at work all day and things are often cooked for up to 11 hours. I've never had a problem in the 10 years I've been doing it, and I even did a Venison and plum roast a few weeks ago from frozen and had no issues.

food poisoning is such an over-freaked-out about concept, it's like the experts want us to be afraid of food!

Edited at 2011-02-22 05:13 am (UTC)
Feb. 22nd, 2011 09:08 am (UTC)
I was serve safe certified and let me tell you, a lot of that is over reaction to the potential of a customer getting sick.
Hell, I've left food out over night and eaten it in the morning plenty.
Feb. 22nd, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
I lived on 2-3 day old pizza when I was in college...sitting out on the desk. No clue how it lasted that long (amazed my roommate and I didn't just eat it).
Feb. 23rd, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
Deck pizza!!! I wonder if that's better than couch pizza. :o)
Feb. 23rd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
My roommate's rule is if it doesn't smell funny and isn't growing anything, get out of his way cause its getting eaten.
Feb. 23rd, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Sounds about right. Besides, I paid good money for that pizza, on almost no income. You better believe I'm going to eat it.
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