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Jimschick

Minced beef off !

I have bought fresh minced beef from various supermarkets. Before freezing on the same day as bought I take it out of the package and place in a plastic container suitable for freezer. I noticed the other day, a week after freezing the beef and after defrosting for about 5 hours the beef smelt off.
This has happened on previous occasions, with products bought from different supermarkets.
Am I doing something wrong?

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Gerry

funny minced beef

As well as checking your freezer temperature I'd smell the fresh meat before freezing it. I'd never trust a pre-minced product.

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Jimschick

Minced beef temp

Temperature was fine. Beef well within sell buy date. On transferring from bought packing to freezer container I would definitely have smelled the product.
I began to doubt plastic containers! Is there a reaction to the meat from plastic?
Any other ideas please?

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Ann Wilson

minced beef

Hi, were are you defrosting your mince, frozen food can only be defrosted in the fridge if temp. to high when defrosting the beef could go off then, hope this helps
Ann.

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Jimschick

Minced beef

Many thanks Anne.
Yes it was defrosted in the kitchen. You have given me the answer, I am sure.
Of course, it should have been obvious to me, but I never thought that my kitchen was particularly warm.
Again thanks.

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sam from worthing

Minced Beef

I am always freezing beef mince - nearly always have a pack in the freezer for emergancy meals.

I just freeze the mince in the pack i buy it in, have never put in another container.

I defrost various ways, leaving it on the side over night, or if its summer time, i defrost over night in the fridge, or more commonly i defrost in the zapper.

I have no real idea why your mince would have gone off? has it actually gone off? i only ever do not use mince if it really smells bad. i know when you first stab open the vacu packs there is a slight odour, and most shops advise to leave "open" for the meat to breathe for a good 15-20 mins before using.

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JAMES

Mince!

I always defrost it in the fridge, never on the counter and certainly never in a microwave, evil things!

However, why not just buy it already frozen? Sainsburys and wiatrose both do good ones, Im sure the other shops do too. Its free flowing so you can take from the pack exactly how much you need and you don't even need to defrost it to cook it.

x

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jampling

Minced beef

I must admit that I too would never dream of defrosting mince on the counter. Admittedly our summers are very hot in Canada, but our winters aren't. I just wouldn't feel comfortable with it from a food safety point of view, just as I wouldn't feel comfortable defrosting chicken on the kitchen counter.

I almost always defrost mince and chicken overnight in the fridge. Occasionally, when in a huge rush, I have defrosted in the microwave but I never feel this brings very good results.

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sam from worthing

Minced beef

i would not leave any meat defrosting on the counter overnight in the summer time (its never taken out of the packaing either) - but in the winter my kitchen is freezing - in fact my kitchen is colder than my fridge - honestly - the times my oils have set in a lump is unbelieveable, my butter never melts or goes soft in the winter - the perils of having a north facing 3 exterior walled kitchen, with tiled floor and no heating - i did say i don;t do that in the summer.

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Expat Badger

Yep it's the defrosting i reckon

we buy mince in 6lb packs and split it into ziplock bags and freeze it

never had a problem...i always defrost in the fridge or zapper if i forget.

i don't defrost on the counter any time of year apart from maybe to 'finish' something off for half an hour if it's nearly there


i think Sam you need to save your pennies for a heater for your kitchen - brrrr!!!

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Guacamole

thaw rates

fat doesn't freeze so well as water so a high fat content will be 'less frozen', so I'm guessing your turkey mince is the leanest.
Some very fatty things will never freeze solid and have you also noticed fat than has separated on top of a sauce or something before freezing will always thaw really quickly even if the other surfaces don't

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Nausea Bagwash

Off mince

Mince will always go off faster than a solid lump of meat because it has so many cut surfaces. As most have said, NEVER defrost at room temp. Either defrost in the fridge or if your doing something like bolognaise and you are in a hurry you can get away with chucking it in the pan still frozen.

I tend to agree with the person who said defrosting in the M/W doesn't work all that well.

Probably better to leave it in the seal package for freezing if it's supermarket mince as they use some sort of treatment of the air it's packed in. Hmm, that doesn't read very clearly - sorry.

 
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