It can take a while to get used to cooking with frozen meat. It takes time to thaw it in the refrigerator. It should include normal thawing times for large meat items like roasts to tips of putting a chub in a pitcher of lukewarm water to thaw within an hour. My favorite tip I tell everyone about the breakfast sausage and pet food I talk to is to let the chub thaw for about 20 minutes or so, just enough time to get the frost off of it and allow you to slice through it. Cut slices right through the wrapper, then remove wrapper pieces, put the frozen slices inside a ziplock bag and lay flat in the freezer. Minimal effort for twice the food than in the packages of slices of sausage in the grocery store. Works great for pet food, each slice is a treat they will devour. What dog does not like to crunch ice cubes?