I'm considering buying a bunch of meat and veggies to freeze for the winter so that I don't have to go shopping as much. Paleo people, especially equatorial ones, did not freeze food. But that doesn't necessarily matter.
I've never seen anything significant about frozen meat detriments. Are there any? Frozen veggies can have greater nutrient content than their "fresh" counterparts, but I'm not sure about meat. Specifically, how do these components react to being frozen then thawed: fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals.
Maybe we want some nutrients from animals to be more "alive" when we eat them? We can't thaw cybernetically frozen humans because of cell wall damage and such, so does that apply to animals? I have no idea what I'm talking about, but please chime in if you do.
Well, I get brain-freeze when I forget to thaw it and just start gnawing.... 8^}
My short thought on this is that if freezing causes some cell membrane damage, that just makes it easier to digest.
I do not know of any disadvantages to this.
Paleos that lived in cold climes most assuredly used snow and ice as a natural refrigerator/freezer. All you have to do is keep the animals off of it and then if you catch something big, you can be eating it for weeks or months if there is snow out! So I think it is totally paleo.
However, try to research preparation methods. I read that frozen veggies often have chemicals sprayed on them to preserve their pretty colors despite freezing. WHo knows what other crap they do to em!
I have only actually read about possible advantages. Such as if you are going to eat it raw, which I do occasionally, freezing the meat for 2 weeks will kill any parasites that might be present in the food. Of course, knowing your farmer and butcher and knowing the meat is clean also helps. Flash freezing in small quantities also helps reduce or eliminate cell membrane damage and should get rid of any possible negative side effects.
BTW, this is the same process many sushi places use to ensure the fish is parasite free. All in all, I would say there are some serious advantages.
Because I have to drive an hour away to get some of my pastured meat, I do buy meat and put it in the freezer. But, typically, the longest it'll stay in there is a few months. And, it's a deep freeze with no defrost cycle. Frost free freezers are a lot harder on frozen foods than their frosty brethren.
Any beneficial bacteria is frozen, and thawed just like the meat. Any "fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals" are part of the composition and shouldn't be affected.
It might not taste as good, but there isn't any huge disadvantage from freezing meat.
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