How to Revive Freezer Burnt Roast

It is possible to save a roast from freezer burn.
It is possible to save a roast from freezer burn. (Image: Venison roast with roasted potatos image by Elzbieta Sekowska from

Freezer burn causes frozen foods to dehydrate. The surface of meat may turn gray or brown, grow hard and look withered. Improper wrapping allows air to seep into the package, resulting in freezer burn. According to the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, freezer-burned meat is still safe to eat, but it won't necessarily be tasty. To prevent this from happening again, wrap the meat tightly to prevent air from entering the package. In the meantime, exercise some creativity to revive your freezer-burned dinner.

Things You'll Need

  • Slow cooker
  • Can of tomatoes
  • Bag of baby carrots
  • 2 potatoes
  • Onion
  • Clove of garlic
  • Salt and pepper

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Trim away any severely desiccated sections of roast. Shave off thin sections with a sharp knife or vegetable peeler until you reach healthier-looking meat.

Cut the remaining roast into approximately 1-inch chunks. Remove any fat, gristle or bone.

Place the meat in a slow cooker with one can of tomatoes, a bag of baby carrots, two large peeled and diced potatoes, a diced onion, one clove of garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.

Cook on low for six to eight hours. The acid in the tomatoes helps tenderize the meat, and the slow, moist cooking method helps revive the dried-out portions.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the roast is already cooked, after trimming away the dried-out sections, shred the meat and cover it with a bottle of barbecue sauce. Heat in a slow cooker on low for several hours. Serve over hamburger buns or on baked potatoes. The barbecue sauce helps disguise any off flavors the meat may have developed in the freezer.


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