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Username Post: Suggestions for cutting frozen meat        (Topic#284687)
mwh
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07-30-03 03:00.52 - Post#284687    



I’m wondering if anyone can suggest a good knife for cutting frozen meat. We buy our beef from a local farm, frozen in 2 to 3 lbs. packages and often want to use half a package at a time. However, since it’s rather like cutting stone, I also don’t want to kill my kitchen knives just so we don’t have to thaw the whole package at a time. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
 


mercenary848
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07-30-03 04:12.10 - Post#284724    


    In response to mwh

Have you tried a cleaver?
If all else fails beat it with a hammer.If that doesn't work get a bigger hammer.


 
mwh
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07-30-03 04:55.44 - Post#284737    


    In response to mwh

I have, with limited success- too little control- but I haven't tried the hammer yet (it may come to that). I was thinking something serrated like a long bread knife might work, but I've been afraid to try that for fear of ruining a good bread knife.
 
TiRod
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07-30-03 05:01.33 - Post#284741    


    In response to mwh

Our best answer in our household has been a large chef's knife. Serrated knives just clogged up, small knives are hard to get enough pressure on.
We use a forged flat ground carbon steel Army surplus 14" knife two handed and lean on it. It has an extremely thin edge which allows us to rock into the cut back and forth some.
Think fibrous ice when approaching your solution.
Mark M.


 
Old jacknife
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07-30-03 09:53.12 - Post#284818    


    In response to mwh

You could try one of these.
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You'd get the same effect, perhaps even better, if you got an old knife and used a bench grinder to add deep serrations.
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Verto
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07-30-03 10:11.01 - Post#284824    


    In response to mwh

When I was in grade school our class made a field trip to a slaughter house and I remember one of the workers used a hacksaw on a steer carcass. Perhaps some type of a hacksaw
might work for you.
 
mwh
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07-30-03 11:56.45 - Post#284846    


    In response to Verto

Thanks all. The 7' freezer knife looks promising. I think I'm going to give that a try. And if that doesn't work, it's a trip to the toolchest for a hammer and a hacksaw.
 
masterchef
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07-30-03 13:30.32 - Post#284867    


    In response to mwh

When I get my veal shank it's cut right there with a small bandsaw(table top).You may find that if your going to be buying this meat a lot it might be worth investing in an inexpensive band saw. Life gets very easy with power tools!
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jimatriver
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07-31-03 02:48.22 - Post#285030    


    In response to masterchef

I also vote for some type of saw, hand or power. If you use a knife, be CAREFUL. I got a very bad cut when my knife slipped on frozen meat.
 
pyrguy
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07-31-03 10:02.22 - Post#285108    


    In response to mwh

Meat saw would be my choice. If you can't find one a hack saw or small pruning saw might work just as well. Or maybe the new Spyderco folding saw.

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