As with most meat, the safest way to thaw beef is in the refrigerator. Small cuts of beef can take up to 24 hours, while larger slabs can take a few days. If you’re in a pinch, frozen beef can be thawed in a bowl or container of lukewarm water. Place the bowl or container in the sink and leave under a running faucet. Never allow raw beef to thaw or sit on a counter or cutting board. Since it takes longer to thaw than most meats, it is more susceptible to bacteria growth.
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In order to effectively freeze beef, you’ll want to limit its exposure to air. This not only prevents the production of freezer burn, but also extends its shelf life to three months or longer. The best way to package beef is to wrap it tightly in freezer paper or plastic wrap. You should then wrap the meat in a layer of aluminum foil or place it in a plastic bag.
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For ground beef, keep refrigerated and use within one to two days. It can stay in its original container if the packaging hasn’t been opened. Steaks follow the same protocol, but can last a bit longer at three to five days. It’s actually best to allow a little airflow with stored meat, as tightly-adhered plastic like Saran wrap can make meat sweat and, as a result, less tender. Meat can be transferred to plastic containers, but should be covered loosely.
Never refrigerate raw meat if it’s been sitting out beyond two hours.
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Why Do We Celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25?
There are several reasons Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 25. The date is nine months after March 25, a day recognized by Christians as Annunciation. It was the day Mary was told she would was having a baby. The nine months that follow are an approximation of Jesus’ birth. Dec. 25 also coincides with pagan Winter Solstice celebrations like Saturnalia' and Dies Natalis Solis Invicti. Since they were historically celebrated around that time of year there was precedent for holiday festivities during this time of year.
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What Does the Name 'Christmas' Mean and What Is the Meaning of Christmas?
Christmas is a shortened from the words “Christ’s mass.” It’s derived from the Middle English word "Cristemasse" which has Greek, Hebrew and Latin origins. Christmas is an annual holiday that honors the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated by Christians around the world and is regarded as an important religious and cultural holiday.
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How Can We Celebrate Christmas?
Christmas is traditionally celebrated in many ways and celebrations vary across cultures. In the days leading up to Christmas, people usually put up special decorations including colorful lights and evergreen trees. Gifts are often placed under the tree and exchanged on Christmas day among loved ones. Large meals are also typically served as part of the celebration as well.
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How to Store Corned Beef
It’s important to always check the “sell by” date of uncooked corned beef, as it should remain in its pouch with pickling juices. You will generally be able to store it in your refrigerator for five to seven days.
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How to Freeze Corned Beef
Prolonged freezing will certainly affect the taste and texture of corned beef, but it will still be safe to eat for up to one month. First, drain the brine to rid the meat of its excess salt. Salt encourages texture changes and can increase the rotting process. Next, wrap the meat tightly (a vacuum sealer is preferred) with plastic wrap and ensure that the air content is minimal. Wrap the beef with another layer of plastic wrap and place into the freezer.
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How to Thaw Corned Beef
There is no need to thaw frozen uncooked corned beef before cooking, as it is typically placed in a slow cooker or a pot of simmering water.
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Rösti is a Swiss treat of shredded, cooked potatoes fried into a thick cake until golden. Here we fold in some onions and corned beef for a breakfast dish that gives a nod to corned beef hash.
Game plan: In Switzerland, rösti is so popular that many markets sell pre-grated, pre-cooked potatoes for use in this dish. We actually found that grating the raw potatoes and placing them in a strainer eliminates the need to pre-cook them, saving time without sacrificing flavor.
If so desired, you could sub in pastrami for the corned beef in this recipe. Store-bought is fine, or you could make your own.
This recipe was featured as part of our Make Your Own Corned Beef project.