Hello! I may be the most cautious food prep girl in the world, but I am REALLY hoping I havent completely ruined two pounds of grass fed beef (ground). So, I am going to ask this in hopes of somebody making me feel confident that all is well and I dont have to throw it out. I took (2) 1lb. packages of beef straight out of the freezer at 1:30pm and put them into a pan full of cold water. I had to run some errands which took much longer than anticipated. The beef sat in the water until I returned at 5pm. By the time I got to it, it was 5:15 and the beef was cool, not room temperature but certainly not cold. I immediately put it into a skillet and browned it because I am making chili out of it, but as it cooked I kept freaking myself out and am now at a screeching hault with what to do. It smelled fine, if that helps? Thanks for any input.
i let my steaks come to room temp before i grill them rare and i have always done this and i eat a lot of steak and i am 50....nearly.
you are making chili as in long simmer time?
The question is not whether food should be brought to room temperature before preparing. That is obvious, if the food is too cold, you will not get the Maillard reaction which gives us that delicious complex flavor on the outside.
People offering anecdotal 'not sick' stories aren't exactly helping. Ground meats are the riskiest and ought to be thawed with some consideration. The still water is the biggest possible issue. You want to leave the water running or at least change it every thirty minutes.
Also I would say there is as near as no difference between grass fed beef food safety and corn fed, so this is not a paleo issue per se.
Minimal bacterial growth going on coming out of a freeze. Do though, be cautious. This is ground meat, any surface contamination that was there prior to grinding the meat is homogenized ans spread throughout the ground meat. Of course, you must always question your source as well. I wouldn't touch anything but well done ground meat, unless I did the grinding.
Maybe that's why I eat very little raw food unless I control it it from field/pasture to plate.