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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Using miso paste in the marinade gives the meat a deep, savory flavor here, and also helps tenderize the steak. Spicy chile paste, mirin, and sake round out the Asian flavors of this quick, easy grilled dish. Try serving it with a cool Asian Sesame-Cucumber Salad.
What to buy: Tobanjan is a spicy, fermented soybean-chile paste common in Japanese and Chinese cooking. It is sometimes labeled “Chili Bean Sauce” and is available at most Asian grocery stores and online.
Miso is a Japanese culinary staple made by fermenting rice, barley, or most commonly soy. The two main types are white (or shiro) miso, which has a sweet, mild flavor, and red (or aka) miso, which is aged and has a salty, umami flavor. You can find miso paste refrigerated at most grocery stores.
For more, see our skirt steak recipe with mushrooms, blue cheese, and bacon.