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Shelf Life of Frozen Meat

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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

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

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http://www.fsis  eezing/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

Use it. May taste freezer burnt, so spice it up!

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January 25, 20110 found this helpful

Go to:stilltasty.com you'll find most all you need to learn on almost everything in your kitchen.

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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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December 24, 20130 found this helpful

I have some pork ribs that have been frozen since 2006. Other than taste, are they still good?

By Margaret

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April 19, 2013

My mom has several fully cooked hams in her freezer. Some are as old as five years. She wants to eat them. Are they still good?

By Joanie from South Norfolk, VA

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