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 Posted By: medako 
Jan 8  # 1 of 13
I have a 10 lb. tube of hamburger that I got from Sam's for the party this weekend. I picked it up a couple of weeks ago and just tossed it into the freezer when I got home. My question is, when should I pull it out to start thawing? I'll need to brown it by Saturday (party is at 2pm)
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 Posted By: Mrs. Chipotle 
Jan 8  # 2 of 13
You'll probably need 2-3 days.

Although, I rarely bother to thaw ground beef, I just throw it in the pan and brown it. That would be a little difficult with the 10 lb packages from Sams though, I guess. ;)
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 Posted By: Mama Mangia 
Jan 8  # 3 of 13
You could start to thaw it in the refrigerator on Thursday. Unless you have one of those hand-held meat saws and you can saw your way through it in several different places. Depending on the size of the pan - if you were to brown it frozen - start early enough and keep the lid on - the steam will help it to break up easier.
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 Posted By: medako 
Jan 8  # 4 of 13
I think I'll probably put it in a cake pan and start thawing like Thursday or so. This would at least give it time to thaw enough I could break it up a little easier.

I normally just brown from frozen, but this is like 2 feet of meat. :p
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 Posted By: cinnamon 
Jan 8  # 5 of 13
If it fits in your microwave you could speed up the thawing by microwaving on defrost for 5 minutes every few hours.

But it might be better to go to Sams and get another 10 pound package of ground beef, and use the frozen one like Mama suggests.