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Storage, Thawing & Cooking

Familifood Steaks are aged cuts of grainfed, western beef, insta-frozen at the peak of flavor. Our natural aging process imparts a distinct flavor and tenderness to the beef. Here's how to care for your Familifood Steaks.

Storing

All Familifood Steaks are vacuum-sealed in plastic wrap. This special packaging keeps the meat fresh and flavorful up to three months in a freezing compartment that's working properly.

Refreezing

Steaks that are thawed, but cool to the touch, can be refrozen with complete confidence that all their natural goodness and flavor will be retained. If the vacuum wrap has been removed, rewrap the steaks in a wrapper suitable for frozen products. You may safely refreeze frozen foods that have thawed if they still contain ice crystals or if they are still cold - about 40° F. - and have been held no longer than 1 or 2 days at refrigerator temperature after thawing. In general, if a food is safe to eat, it is safe to refreeze.

Thawing

FOR BEST RESULTS, THAW ALL MEAT IN THE REFRIGERATOR

This allows for juicier, more flavorful steaks. Remove steaks or other items from corrugated box and place in a single layer on a tray. Always leave the wrapper on while thawing. Here are some approximate guidelines for thawing:

Large roasts or smoked meat items (over 4 lbs.) allow 4-7 hrs per lb.

Small roasts, poultry, or smoked meats (4 lbs. or less) allow 3-5 hrs per lb.

Steaks or chops allow 8-12 hrs.

For Quick, Safe Thawing...thaw steaks in cold water while still in their wrapper. For example Filet Mignons will take approximately 1 1/2 hours to thaw.

The microwave oven provides an alternative for thawing your steaks, although it is our least recommended method. If you choose to thaw your steaks in the microwave, keep the following in mind: Leave meat in wrapping - do not puncture -- watch carefully as the outer portions will thaw first - standing time will complete thawing in the center. Meats thawed in the microwave will lose more of their natural juices, and therefore the final product may be drier and less tender than when thawed in the refrigerator.

All You Need To Know...

Handling Food Safely

Proper procedures when handling food will ensure the enjoyment of your products from Familifood Club. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Always thaw your products in the refrigerator or one of the other recommended methods explained under the subhead "Thawing". Never thaw products at room temperature.
  • Food products will not last indefinitely in the freezer or refrigerator. Always plan to use your foods from Familifood Club in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Do not use the same cutting board or planer for raw meats and cooked meats. Wash hands, utensils, cutting boards and counters that contact raw food.
  • Cook meats to the proper degree of doneness. Ground meat items should be cooked to medium doneness; never serve ground meats raw or rare
  • Do not allow cooked meats to stand at room temperature. Always refrigerate leftovers immediately.

Packaging

Many of our products come vacuum packaged. This enhances the shelf life and preserves the flavor and texture of our products. This film should be left on while thawing in the refrigerator. With vacuum packaged seafood, a small slit or two should be made in the vacuum, and then the seafood should be placed in the refrigerator to thaw.

When preparing our items for cooking, always remove plastic or vacuum packaging.

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