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    freezing chicken and hamburger, have much effect on the quality?

    since hamburger and chicken go bad so fast, you have to either use it or freeze it a couple days after you buy it. i know alot of nutrients in veggies get robbed from the freezer,

    im assuming its the same for meat? how much effect will this have on meat? it would be a hassle to have to go get chicken every 3 days cause i cant freeze it lol.

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    Errr, no they don't. The biggest problem with freezing things is everyone just chucks it in the sink to defrost it.


    DON'T PUT IT IN THE ****ING SINK!




    Defrost everything in a regulated tempreture of about 0-3C, so put it in the fridge. It takes a few days, and you need to plan ahead. Doing this you avoid moisture loss, bacteria growth and possible food poisoning. As far as nutrient loss goes, nadda. Veggies maintain everything, just make sure to do them in the microwave, and meat will never lose any of its yummy zinc and protein until after it has been cooked

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    lol what does throwing it in the sink do? besides un freezing it that is?

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    It allows bacteria to grow. If you thaw in a refrigerator, that's less likely to happen since they can't live at those temperatures. Alternatively, you can defrost something in the microwave and it happens faster than bacteria can grow.

    That said, I thaw things in the fridge but let them sit to come up to room temperature before cooking. Makes for far more even cooking.

    Freezing isn't bad. It degrades the flavor and texture of the meat but the nutrient loss is negligible, if it exists at all.
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    awesome thanks for the info.

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    I actually have fresh beef and chicken burgers frozen. I bought them fresh from a butcher shop. I'm wondering, how long is the meat usually good for when frozen? The burgers also came in a bag boxed. Should I vacuum seal all of them? Will they go bad if they're not vacuum packed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dd2000 View Post
    I actually have fresh beef and chicken burgers frozen. I bought them fresh from a butcher shop. I'm wondering, how long is the meat usually good for when frozen? The burgers also came in a bag boxed. Should I vacuum seal all of them? Will they go bad if they're not vacuum packed?

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    Buy a vacuum sealer, they are awesome.

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    [QUOTE=VikingWarlord;2143661]
    That said, I thaw things in the fridge but let them sit to come up to room temperature before cooking. Makes for far more even cooking.



    Such a good gem of advice I only learned a few years ago, I wish someone had told me sooner



    Quote Originally Posted by VikingWarlord View Post
    Freezing isn't bad. It degrades the flavor and texture of the meat but the nutrient loss is negligible, if it exists at all.
    agreed, that aside so many meat products we do eat day to day have been previously frozen, it is really such a minimal issue.

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