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    dry brine before vacuum sealing?

    so i haven't tried this but i was wondering if this would hurt the meat? what if i were to buy a ribeye roast and turn it into steaks and i salted each steak individually before vacuum sealing and freezing? would that be bad for the meat?

    No, it would be fine. I dry brine my meats and then freeze them on a regular basis.


      Ditto, dry brine, season, vacuum seal, cook from the frozen state.


      • Dr ROK
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        @ Jerod Broussard Do you notice any impact on quality going straight to the smoker from the freezer?

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        No difference.

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        So there is no wait time between dry brining and freezing? Just salt the meat, Foodsaver it, and pop it in the freezer?



      Better for storage than cooking? I would think it needs some air circulation to brine better?
      What vacuums do you use?


        I also have dry brined, vacuumed - with a FoodSaver - and frozen - steaks, rib roast, ribs, etc. But I've never gone straight from freezer to grate, I've always defrosted first.


          Works just fine. I do that for sous vide as well.


            What do you gain by dry brining then freezing?


              Originally posted by pilotbum View Post
              What do you gain by dry brining then freezing?
              pilotbum Then you don't have to thaw and dry brine. You can go right from frozen to the smoker or the sous vide hot tub time machine.


                This would be something very curious to get Doc Blonder to experiment on. I'm wondering if dry brining before freezing would actually help to keep the purge at bay. I would think that salt would indeed change the crystal formation of the water when it freezes, but how so I'm not sure. In any event, you certainly can't dry brine a frozen piece of meat very effectively, so I agree with doing it before freezing.


                  So this is only advantageous if you don't plan on cooking the meat immediately? If you buy and are saving it for a later time this would be a benefit, right?


                    from Stevehtn,

                    "... This would be something very curious to get Doc Blonder to experiment on. I'm wondering if dry brining before freezing would actually help to keep the purge at bay. I would think that salt would indeed change the crystal formation of the water when it freezes, but how so I'm not sure. ..."

                    This is all very interesting... we want Doc Blonder!




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