I found some forgotten shrimp in the back of the freezer that has been there a while, can I do anything with it? Would boiling it help? I really don't want to throw it out because it was expensive. Any ideas or should I just give up on it? Thanks!
As a rule of thumb, meat can usually be frozen up to a year and vegetables up to 6 months. Most, if not all food items are dated. If older than 1 year, I would pitch it.
In addition to what Amuck suggests, if it's not too old rinse and drain well. Try a bite and if it happens to have a bit of freezer burn taste use it in a recipe or eat it as shrimp cocktail. Once you thaw it be sure to use it within a day !!! Here's a cocktail sauce that will definitely spice it up ;-)
Deeli's Cocktail Sauce
1/3 cup catsup
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
Dash of pepper
Combine first five ingredients and then add garlic salt to taste and then add Tabasco sauce to taste.
According to the US FDA, food will keep indefinitely in the freezer, provided it is kept at 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18C) or lower. The quality may be affected however, but it is not unsafe to use. http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/fttstore.html
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