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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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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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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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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Most roasted prime rib recipes start by browning the roast on the stovetop, a messy, awkward endeavor, or in a hot oven, which leaves the outside layer of meat overdone by the time the roast is cooked through. A better approach is to do exactly the opposite: Slow-roast the prime rib at a low temperature until it’s medium-rare in the center, rest it, then put it back into a really hot oven to produce a crispy browned exterior fast. You’ll wind up with a deeply flavored crust on the outside and evenly medium-rare pink meat in the center. Since slow-roasting doesn’t produce drippings for a classic jus, we’ve included a quick, easy recipe here using browned and simmered beef bones.
Serve this impressive prime rib with our Creamed Spinach and Horseradish-Cream Sauce for the classic steakhouse experience. Leftovers, if any, make delicious French Dip Sandwiches.
Equipment note: You will need butcher’s twine for this recipe.
What to buy: For the meaty beef bones needed to make the jus, ask your butcher for the bones used to make beef stock, such as marrow or knuckle bones (they probably won’t be displayed in the case).
Make-ahead note: The rib roast is seasoned the night before roasting and takes 4 to 6 hours to roast, so plan accordingly. The jus can be made up to 1 day ahead; store in the refrigerator and bring to a simmer just before serving.
This dish was featured as part of our Epic Christmas Feast: Lost Recipes from the Grand Hotels. For more incredible beer dishes, try our beef tenderloin recipe.