Cook frozen beef

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Why it's worth trying: A sale on strip loin can be a wonderful thing, since steak keeps well in the freezer.

What you need to know: Not only is it okay to cook steak frozen, doing so can actually result in juicier, better-tasting meat, when you compare it to meat that you've thawed first and then cooked. This fascinating America's Test Kitchen video shows how cooked-from-frozen steaks lose less moisture than cooked-from-thawed steaks. Steaks will take a little longer to get to medium rare (after a quick sear on the stovetop, they need 18 to 20 minutes in a 275° oven, versus 10 to 20 for nonfrozen ones). And to avoid splattering and flare-ups, be sure there are no ice crystals on the steak before you sear it.