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#1 BlackWolf

Posted 04 June 2007 - 05:34 PM


My husband wants me to cook a marinated roast from Woolworths that I have in the Freezer.

I am wondering if I was to cook it, wouldn't it be all dry and horrible, and how much longer would I have to cook it for, ie. an extra hour?

Thanks for any advice or experiences.

#2 surprisebaby

Posted 04 June 2007 - 05:39 PM

I do - in the slow cooker though. They turn our perfectly.
Not sure about the oven - sorry

#3 ♥~Bodhichitta~♥

Posted 04 June 2007 - 05:56 PM

I don't think you can.. I found this on the CSIRO Food Safety fact sheet:

Some foods, such as vegetables, can be cooked directly from the frozen state. Whereas food such as meat and poultry, should be completely thawed before cooking. This should be done in a refrigerator below 4 C.

From memory I think this is because the centre of the frozen food may not reach the correct temperature if you cook it from frozen.

Hope this helps  original.gif

Edited by ~Lois~, 04 June 2007 - 06:02 PM.

#4 *blessed*r*we*

Posted 04 June 2007 - 06:00 PM

Just take it out of the freezer the night before and put it on a plate in your fridge, it won't be defrosted by the time you want to start cooking it, but it will be less frozen IYKWIM. It may be thawed.

We have a fan forced oven and if anything is slightly frozen still, I start it off at 150 deg / 160 deg C and cook it for longer (allow 2 -3 hrs, depending on the kg size you start with, and you can up it to 180 deg for that last 1/2 hr), use your brush and keep basting it, to keep it nice and moist. As per any roast, check it before you serve it up original.gif

Even roasts that I put on fresh now, I cook lower and for longer, then the meat just falls off the roast, its' that tender (think slow cooked lamb, chicken etc.)

#5 crazyandlovingit

Posted 04 June 2007 - 06:05 PM

I have before, but I always 'defrost' it in the oven first ie cook it at a lower temp like 160 degrees and then crank it up to 220 or so for half hour and then back down to 180 for awhile.


#6 -Leah-

Posted 04 June 2007 - 07:53 PM

How about those turkey rolls - boneless rolled thigh/breast?

They are cooked from frozen.


#7 BlackWolf

Posted 04 June 2007 - 07:55 PM


Thanks so much for your replies.  My Husband is game enough to try it using the cook at a low, then right up, then low again method.

But personally I have had a few real bad cases of food poisioning so after reading the CSIRO Food Safety info I am too nervous.  Plus I can guarantee I would stuff it up and it would be all tough ;-)

That will teach me to be more organised ;-), I will also take on the board the lower temp for longer (cooking roasts is still new to me ;-).  Think I will look into buying a 'slow cooker' as I have seen so many great recipes posted.

Thanks again

#8 emmando

Posted 05 June 2007 - 01:26 PM

I would only try it with beef or lamb, as you can eat either of these raw. I definately wouldnt try it with poultry or pork.


#9 essentiallyme

Posted 05 June 2007 - 01:30 PM

I always cook lamb when it is frozen. I think it tends to be more moist than dry.

#10 fairy bread

Posted 05 June 2007 - 05:25 PM

A friend of mine cooks her lamb frozen, she reckons its delish cooked like that.

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