Shelf Life of Frozen Meat

Freezing meat is a great way to preserve it, however, you may wonder just how long it will keep. This is a guide about the shelf life of frozen meat.

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January 25, 2011 Flag
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I have got a joint of lamb that has been frozen for 14 months. Do you think that is taking a risk eating it?

By R.Rumsby from Cornwall, England

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January 20, 20100 found this helpful
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You could keep it indefinately in the freezer and it would still be "safe"...it just won't be tasty.

"...Food stored constantly at 0 °F will always be safe. Only the quality suffers with lengthy freezer storage. Freezing keeps food safe by slowing the movement of molecules, causing microbes to enter a dormant stage. Freezing preserves food for extended periods because it prevents the growth of microorganisms that cause both food spoilage and foodborne illness..."

Meat, uncooked steaks or chops: 4 to 12 months

Meat, uncooked ground: 3 to 4 months

Source:

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Focus_On_Freezing/index.asp

As mentioned already how well it is wrapped for the freezer is what will make the difference in the quality once frozen. I have had various meats in good condition a lot longer than the time frames listed on the charts but they were wrapped well.

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January 26, 20110 found this helpful
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According to Still Tasty frozen food is safe to eat indefinitely though it may be beyond its best taste.

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January 25, 20110 found this helpful

I think it's probably safe to use, although it may taste a bit of the freezer.

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January 26, 20110 found this helpful

You should never eat freezer burnt meat. If possible cut it away but if it is extensive throw it away.

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