Freezing Fresh Cut Beef at Home
The best way to freeze fresh cut and wrapped beef at home is by flash freezing.
Flash Freezing can be done at -15 °F on your home freezer upon some prior preparation.
Most chest-style freezer have the capability of reaching -15 °F,
but some upright freezers may not.
Set your freezer's control to its coldest setting several hours before using it as a flash freezer (use a freezer thermometer to check the temperature), make sure it is at least
Shift the food that is already in the freezer to one side;
try to leave about 1 cubic foot of freezer space for every 2 to 3 lbs. of beef.
*[For the best and fastest freezing, it is best to use a large, empty chest freezer to allow for maximum air circulation.]
Chill beef before you freeze it to make it easier to cut and package, and to allow quicker freezing. *The faster the beef freezes, the better it will taste when cooked!
Wrap the beef cuts securely in
high quality freezer paper to prevent freezer burn and to avoid contaminating one meat with the odors of another.
Click here for a diagram on how to properly wrap meat for the freezer.
To allow quicker freezing, try and arrange the packages in the freezer so they are not touching any other packages. The more air circulating around the packages, the quicker the beef will freeze.
*[You can set the packages of beef in the freezer on metal wire shelving - that is often used in kitchen cabinets - to allow the most air circulation.]
Following the above tips should lead to the longest lasting, best tasting Beef possible!