Flash Freezing Chicken Fried Steak StripsBy
Right after I posted my Chicken Fried Steak Strip recipe last week, I ran into my friend Brenda. Always, after a visit with her I’m usually wishing I would have brought a notebook and pen to take notes. This girl knows stuff. Brenda doesn’t have a blog…so I get to share the stuff I learn from Brenda on mine. Then Iget to look smart. Cool. For the record, I have several more “Brenda Tips” for you…most of them involving potatoes. (Your’e intrigued aren’t you?) I’ll share them with you as soon as I get a round tuit.
So here’s the tip Brenda shared with me about the Chicken Fried Steak Strips:
When you get cubed steak on sale (or when you buy several packages of cube steak from a farmer, like I do) make them all up into strips at one time, bread them, flash freeze them, then fry them as needed.
I love this tip, but my first question to Brenda was, “WAIT! I can’t thaw and refreeze raw meat, can I?” I mean, that’s what my mama always told me.
Nope, Brenda said. That’s an old wive’s tale. (Hey, are you calling my mama an old wife? Just kidding.) Thawing and refreezing raw meat is okay and it is safe, and Brenda, who’s done it time and again was alive and well and able to stand there in the church foyer telling me about it.
Well, if I’d have known that, I would have been flash freezing these Chicken Fried Steak Strips a long time ago, along with Chicken Strips and Nuggets and Popcorn Chicken. Funny that I never knew WHY it wasn’t safe…I just thought it wasn’t. Makes me wonder what else I’ve been believing to be true that really isn’t. (Is there any chance dusting isn’t necessary? My mama told me it was, but if anyone wants to tell me that it really isn’t important…)
It just so happens that I had a meat order delivered to my door the VERY morning after I had that conversation with Brenda…and it included five packages of cube steak.
I got my big bowl of flour mixture and a big bowl of milk and got very busy making a big mess. See, that’s the point. If you’re going to make a big mess when you’re making these strips, you might as well make a big mess all at once and save yourself the trouble later! Love it!
I cut each cube steak into three pieces then started double and triple dipping.
I laid the breaded strips all out on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper,
then put them in the freezer overnight.
The next morning, I popped them off the cookie sheets and into gallon sized freezer bags. Yay! Now I have five batches of Chicken Fried Steak Strips ready to cook up for quick meals. One mess…five meals! Thanks Brenda!
So, what have you all heard about refreezing raw meat? Am I the last to know this information?
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