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navychop
03-29-2009, 05:18 PM
I've got two 6 lb pork shoulder/picnic going now. Up to 166 degrees now & I just realized I have a decision to make. One we'll eat now, one is for freezing, to be thawed on Easter.

Any reason to chose freezing it whole (a wrapped bundle) over "pulling" it and freezing it as pieces (in a large container)? The latter will of course rid us of the fat cap. But I guess I could pull that off before freezing it whole.

Six one way, half a dozen the other?

jrp
03-29-2009, 07:57 PM
Interesting question. Pulled is quicker to prepare when thawed, but would freezing it as it comes off the smoker keep it from freezer burn better? Do you vacuum seal when you freeze? I'm sold on the results of vacuum sealing to preserve freshness.

navychop
03-29-2009, 08:24 PM
That's a thought. I have a vacuum sealer, just rarely use it. Gotta see if I've got a large enough bag. Or pull & vacuum seal. Hmmmmmmm.

jrp
03-29-2009, 09:17 PM
Pull and vacuum seal should keep very well. I have a bag in the freezer right now I might have to get out this week.

navychop
03-29-2009, 10:59 PM
OK. It's only at 183 right now. I'll put it in the fridge when it's done and vacuum seal it tomorrow. Getting late. Too bad I've got to go to work tomorrow.

StevenD
03-30-2009, 07:38 AM
Yeah, if you have a vacuum sealer, theres no reason not to pull it now.

stimpson
03-30-2009, 07:45 AM
I would pull it, then vac seal. It will be much easier to reheat that way. It will also take up less room in the freezer.

HD MM
03-30-2009, 08:03 AM
I would pull it, then vac seal. It will be much easier to reheat that way. It will also take up less room in the freezer.

I would pull it before freezing it too. (Sounds like it's too late though).

It would be A LOT easier to pull shortly after you cook than if you were to thaw/re-heat then try pulling.

navychop
04-01-2009, 12:13 PM
Well, the next day I pulled it out of the refrigerator, pulled it and put it in a vacuum bag. Had a lot of trouble with the Compact FoodSaver. After finally getting it to work, sucked and sealed, my wife noted that the seal was no good. Threw it in a ziplock as it was reinflating itself.

If we can't get it working right, might not be a replacement. My wife seems opposed to trying again. And we have a box of bag rolls, containers and a marinator.

We'll serve the pork, the Once and Future Beans and ABTs for Easter. About 2-3 hours after we return from vacation. :(

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