frozen meat::how old is too old ?

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2007/03/05 00:50:00 (permalink)

frozen meat::how old is too old ?

had a thriteen pound turkey tonight that has been on ice since the mid 70's...no just kidding , but it was frozen since thanksgiving 2005...it was okay , we are not dead yet , but the old gal did betray her age- just a little stringy , maybe a wee bit tough, and missing a bit of flavor....
So how old is too old for frozen meat - esp for turkey, for hamburger, for chicken and most esp for corned beef which we like to stock up on around st pats ?
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    morningglory
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    RE: frozen meat::how old is too old ? 2007/03/05 02:50:25 (permalink)
    I am confused by what you mean by "on ice since the mid 70's" and "frozen since Thanksgiving 2005". According to the links below, a year is about it for poulltry, but I have cooked a turkey that was about two years frozen, and it was excellent.

    Anyway, here are a few helpful links. Hope these help.

    http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/5000/5334.html

    http://www.stretcher.com/stories/04/04feb09b.cfm
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    RE: frozen meat::how old is too old ? 2007/03/05 03:56:38 (permalink)
    He was kidding about the on ice since the seventies.
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    morningglory
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    RE: frozen meat::how old is too old ? 2007/03/05 06:59:10 (permalink)
    OMG, I am laughing at myself, first because I can be a bit too serious, sometimes, and just now I see CLEARLY the OP stated "just kidding".

    Thanks enginecapt for picking up on that. Sheesh, when those neurons aren't firing, they are just NOT firing.

    Hoping you have a fun day!!!
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    ann peeples
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    RE: frozen meat::how old is too old ? 2007/03/05 08:16:06 (permalink)
    Food Approximate months of storage at 0°F
    Fruits and Vegetables 8 - 12
    Poultry 6 - 9
    Fish 3 - 6
    Ground Meat 3 - 4
    Cured or Processed Meat 1 -2///This is,of course a guide for maximum flavor.I have frozen things up to a year,but try to keep it at that.Roasts and steaks fall in th 6-9 month category along with chops.
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    RE: frozen meat::how old is too old ? 2007/03/05 12:32:52 (permalink)
    thanks all ...will clean out the old freezer today..gonna make a better effort at dating stuff( and eating it!) too bad though ,guess I will have to throw out that dinasour steak I have been saving
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    RE: frozen meat::how old is too old ? 2007/03/05 13:48:02 (permalink)
    I've had chicken breasts that were a year old. It was fine aside from some edges that had some freezer burn, which I cut off. I don't normally wait that long to thatw and cook meat I've frozen, but I found a large breast that had been crammed in the back of the freezer during the annual freezer cleaning. I wouldn't wait that long on purpose.

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    RE: frozen meat::how old is too old ? 2007/03/05 15:46:28 (permalink)
    i once forgot about a smoked turkey that i recieved for christmas one year, it sat in the bottom of my chest freezer for almost 4 years at -10f.. i thought it was ruined but it turned out fine.
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