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What are the pros and cons of cooking a frozen holiday roast?

Asked by joni1977 (812 points ) November 26th, 2008

I know a lot of you are busy this Thanksgiving, but if you have the time I need your advice. I forgot to take my chuck roast out of the freezer and I’m supposed to be serving it along with the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Why we are having a turkey and a roast on Thanksgiving is a whole different issue…but I just wanted to know if anyone thought it was safe to slow cook it in the crock pot overnight without me making my family members sick. I’ve researched this on several different food sites and mostly everyone is saying it’s ok. But I want to know what all my fellow trusty-worthy flutherers think? :) Please answer – even if it’s after the holiday. Thanks!

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AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Can you thaw it in the microwave? I usually brown the roast before I put it int he crock pot after I thaw it in the microwave, and it turns out fine. The trick is to use the defrost setting, and resist the temptation to speed things up by doing it on high. Mine asks to have the weight of the item entered, and the type of food. Sometimes it takes an hour to thaw.

augustlan's avatar

I don’t think I’d try to cook it from a completely frozen state. Another safe way to quickly (-ish) thaw your roast is to fill the sink with cold water and throw in your (still wrapped) roast. Completely empty the water every 30 minutes, and refill with cold water again. Turn the roast over and around in the water occasionally. Like Alfreda’s method, don’t try to rush it by using warm water…that creates a breeding ground for bacteria.

PupnTaco's avatar

Cons: burns on the outside and stays raw on the inside.

Pros: none.

Alternative: go buy a non-frozen one and save the frozen roast for another meal.

galileogirl's avatar

If you are talking about a 2–3” thick chuck roast rather than a “rolled” roast, overnight in the refridgerator then an hour in the cold water bath should do it. I’ve done it that way before. Instead of the slowcooker you can do it in a deep covered skillet in 2 1/2 hours on the stove top. Dredge in spiced flour, brown and simmer in an inch of liquid. Don’t let liquid evaporate or come to a serious boil, just simmer. Turn every 20 min.

joni1977's avatar

Thank you all for your answers. I ended up just letting the roast thaw from the time I got home, which was about 6pm CST until about 3am, then slow cooked it in the crock pot. It was a pretty thick chuck roast (about 3 1/2”) and it came out very tender and flavorful. I was really concerned because I’ve heard horror stories about slow cooking a frozen roast.

tiggersmom's avatar

Honestly, the pros are that it won’t hurt anyone to eat it, but the con, is that there is a great chance that it will be dry. Slow cooking is the best way to do it if it comes out of the freezer into the pot, but for the best chances of it being moist, is to have it thawed out. Hope this helps.

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