Q: Todd, can you settle an argument I am having with my wife? I thawed steaks the other day and thawed too many because two dinner guests did not show up. She said I can’t refreeze the steaks, and I said she’s crazy, I can. Who’s right?
A: Before we get to the question of the deep freeze on the steaks, let’s go over a little marital advice. I wouldn’t go calling her crazy. alas, you will end up in your own deep freeze.
Now then, this is a good question and often a confusing topic. Someone, and it was probably my mother, started the rumor that once meat is thawed, it can’t be refrozen. That isn’t true. And this isn’t just me saying this. The U.S. Department of Agriculture—the people who do nothing all day but think of meat problems and solutions—said as long as beef and poultry are thawed in a refrigerator, you can refreeze them. So if you put six steaks out to thaw and use only four of them, you can refreeze the other two so long as you thawed them in the refrigerator and so long as you’ve refrozen them within a day or two.
Now, there’s a chance you will lose some of the moisture in the meat, but it’s better than throwing the baby out with the bath water, so to speak.
If you’ve thawed meat outside the refrigerator, never refreeze it, and never cook it if it has been sitting at room temperature for more than an hour. Actually, you really never should thaw meat by sitting it on the kitchen counter.
So, you are correct in this argument, but perhaps a little more diplomacy will keep you from being frozen out.
Q: I know you covered sports for a long time for The Repository. What is the toughest sport? What is the greatest accomplishment you’ve seen from a Stark County athlete?
A: Thanks, John, for the “a long time” comment. Yes, more than 20 years, but who’s counting?
The toughest sport? I don’t think I’m going to wade into that because hell hath no fury like a cheerleading mom scorned. I will say some of the tougher sports, in my opinion, are wrestling, cross country and I’m going to say basketball. Wrestling and cross country both are for mentally and physically gifted athletes. The amount of work that goes into both sports is brutal. I mean, have you ever looked at someone running a long distance? Look at the expression on his or her face. No one running a long distance ever looks like he or she is having fun. And then there’s basketball. It takes an extremely athletically gifted person to play basketball. There are so many things that have to be done at the same time, I can’t think of another sport that requires such coordination by all five players on the court.
As for the greatest accomplishment? I’m going to say Devin Smith at Massillon. He qualified to the state track meet in the 100 dash, the long jump and the high jump. Rare is the athlete who’s fast enough to break Stark County’s 100-meter dash record. You won’t see a sprinter who’s coordinated and talented enough to qualify in the long and high jump again. It isn’t really common to find someone who can do two of the three, let alone all three.
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