Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Woolly Mammoth Au Jus

You never know until you try...

So I was digging through the freezer the other evening, trying to find something to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, to make for dinner the next day. After a few minutes of dredging up one package of Carmen peppers after another and several containers of basil pesto, I found a package of sirloin steaks. Yea!! Except the date on them was December 2006.

Okay, Readers, I know I probably lost a lot of you right here - as I know I've lost my daughters. They don't keep anything a minute past its best-by date. BUT, this woolly mammoth had been hidden in the ice all those years. What could possibly have gone wrong? Now I know enough not to expect great taste from it, but at least it wouldn't be spoiled or anything. I thought I'd give it a try.

So, just in case you run across a woolly mammoth in the bottom of your own freezer, here's one way you can cook it. And actually, it was delicious!

Woolly Mammoth Au Jus - CrockPot Recipe: 

Beef Sirloin Steaks, thawed - place in the CrockPot.
On top of the steaks, pour the following ingredients:
1 quart home-canned (or not) tomatoes, drained slightly
1 large peeled and sliced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 can black-eyed peas, drained, rinsed, and drained again
(I wanted to experiment. I was hoping to effect a symbiotic relationship between the woolly mammoth and the black-eyed peas. Much to my relief, it was a success.)
1/4 c. red wine
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
Black pepper

Turn CrockPot on LOW and let this beast cook for about 9 hours.

It was fabulous!

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25 comments:

Suzan Sweatman said...

7 years old Judy LMHOROTF!!!!!!!!!
You're brave ( glad it turned out so delcious - but YOU'RE BRAVE )
XOX

Samantha said...

I had issues with eating chocolate that went out of date last September....I couldn't eat something 7 years out of date lol!

But well done you :D Very thrifty! :D

Yenta Mary said...

Not only have you not lost me, you've just earned a whole new level of love from me - waste not! He's been in permafrost, and he got a long, slow, tenderizing round in the crockpot - perfection. Studies keep showing that expiration dates are unnecessarily severe; you know it's a legal thing, rather than a safety thing, in our society. And it's not like you ate mayonnaise that had been sitting on the counter for 7 years!

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Denise said...

Bless your heart, very brave of you.

Jenn said...

HA!! That's funny... hey, the way I look at it.. that which does not kill us, makes us stronger!! lol

Terri Weems said...

You ARE brave, Judy! I'm kind of scared to even dig to the bottom of our freezer. I leave it there and hope that someday it'll just fade away. I've got to admit, it sounds delicious, though. Who knew?!

Sandra said...

when i saw your post title, i thought, she cooked a wooly mammoth? i am with your daughters, it would have been long gone, i will not use canned goods or boxed goods after they expire, hubby would have cooked it and he will use anything that has expired. i would never have thought of black eyes and beef together.

Chel C said...

Well compared to what they are finding here in Britain in our 'in date' food, at least yours was beef and not horse!! Well done you, waste not want not. Take care. Chel

Tammy Chrzan said...

2006?
Good Lord All Mighty, you must have prayed over it!!
I would have run the other way! But it sure does look like it tasted good!

Judy S. said...

The magic crockpot wins again! We find those kind of surprise items occasionally also. Aren't you supposed to age beef? LOL

Muffy's Marks said...

I tried to get all the Woolies out of the freezer before we left for Arizona. But if one remains, I'm trying your recipe!! My daughter and your's could be sisters.

Ruth Kelly said...

It the item is out of date and is not frozen or canned, I will toss it. Oh how I hate to waste food but it does happen.

Terri D. said...

I'm not sure I would try something that old, but it's nice to know yours turned out good. I love the recipe you shared, and will print it out for future (within recommended dates) reference!! LOL You ARE brave, but seriously...if your freezer is at '0' temp and the package was vacuum sealed, I'm sure it was probably fine (as it obviously was).

Debra Hawkins said...

I am pretty brave with expiration dates but that is a little braver than I am. It looks delicious!

Paulette said...

I don't know if I would have been brave enough to use it. Like everyone else I find you a very brave woman :))

Amy Burzese said...

That's pretty brave. I am not a stickler for use by dates. But, if it looks frost bitten, it's out. The recipe looks great though. Thanks for the laugh. :)

Carla said...

That sounds good!
I like what Mary Yenta had to say. :)

Deborah said...

Oh my goodness...I am so glad this was not the night you invited guests over my friend.(and I am glad you did not go to the hospital). :-)

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

I love crock pot recipes!! I bet I have a few Woolly mammoths in my big freezer also.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that!! I would use that mammoth too. Made spaghetti sauce with 3 year old bison last week~~~yum.
XO, Linda

Chatty Crone said...

I think from 2006 I might have thrown it away - I think for me - I would have been scared - but then it worked out!

Dawn Yucuis said...

This sounds wonderful. Who cares if the meat is from 2006, like you said it was frozen.

Kim said...

LOL Last summer I cleaned out the freezer and I found a package of pork chops from a similar era. (I didn't cook them though) :)

RebeccaT said...

Oh my, I don't think I could have eaten them, but I am looking forward to trying this with fresh ingredients! Thanks for inpsiring my dinners...its so hard to be creative when we have so much cold and ice right now...

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