The Basics

Thawing, Storing and Cooking Tips


Thawing and Storing

To safely thaw any of the vacuum-sealed packages in your box, place the frozen package in a large bowl. Cover generously with cold water and set aside. Lady Steaks will thaw in 15 minutes, Steak Strips in 30 minutes and Ground Beef in 30 to 35 minutes.

Once thawed, ground beef will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days, strips for 6 to 7 days, and steaks for 8 to 10 days.

 About the portions. . . .

  • Each 4-ounce Lady Steak is typically one portion.
  • 8 ounces of Steak Strips, when made into a stir fry or fried rice will serve 4 good appetites.
  • 8 ounces of Ground Beef will serve 2 to 3 when shaped into meatballs; 2 to 3 as hamburgers or patties, and 4 as chili.

How to Cook a Perfect Medium-Rare Lady Steak

  1. Remove the meat from the package and pat dry with a paper towel. Place the steak on a plate and season well on both sides with salt.
  2. Heat a small, heavy skillet over high heat with a light slick of oil to cover the bottom of the pan. This is a good time to turn on your hood fan!
  3. When oil is hot but not smoking, carefully lay the steak in the pan. Set a timer for 2 minutes and stay close! After 2 minutes, turn the steak over and cook 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 minutes on the other side, depending on thickness.

Remove the steak from the pan to a cutting board to rest for 10 minutes and prepare the rest of the meal.


How to Cook Carman Ranch Steak Strips

  1. Empty the package of steak strips into a bowl, sprinkle with salt and mix gently to distribute. Set aside while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Heat a thin layer of oil in a large, heavy skillet over high heat. Add the steak strips and cook about 1-1/2 minutes, just until the  pink disappears.
  3. Vegetables, sauces and/or additional seasonings are typically added at this point, and cooked together until everything is hot, 1 to 2 minutes.

How to Cook Carman Ranch Ground Beef

Meatballs (1-1/2 inch) take about 6 minutes to cook through, turning once.

A 4-ounce ground beef patty will take 2-1/2 to 3 minutes per side for medium-rare.