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IS IT STILL GOOD? Frozen food edition! CALLING PAUL F
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 08, 2018 06:13PM
I am the proud owner of a chest freezer and subscriber to a meat CSA. This means I have a good supply of grass fed beef, chicken, and pork in the chest freezer.

I've been mindful of maintaining a first-in-first-out eating system and a few months in I realize I need to pay a bit more attention to it.

How long will cuts of beef keep in my chest freezer? Ground beef?





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Re: IS IT STILL GOOD? Frozen food edition! CALLING PAUL F
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 08, 2018 06:17PM
Beef will keep for years. It may dry out but it will moisten as it thaws and while you grill it.



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Re: IS IT STILL GOOD? Frozen food edition! CALLING PAUL F
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 08, 2018 06:55PM
....this is 'Frozen'......so just.....let it go......let it go.........



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Re: IS IT STILL GOOD? Frozen food edition! CALLING PAUL F
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 08, 2018 07:04PM
....oh, what size is your chest.......DD......??



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Re: IS IT STILL GOOD? Frozen food edition! CALLING PAUL F
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: August 08, 2018 07:54PM
Time to get a Foodsaver, and supply of bags for it...
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Re: IS IT STILL GOOD? Frozen food edition! CALLING PAUL F
Posted by: testcase
Date: August 08, 2018 08:00PM
I'd be most concerned about ground meat. Using it sooner is better than later. Are the other items properly wrapped for freezer storage? Vacuum sealed is probably the best method. If properly sealed, meat should be good for a long time (1 year plus).

Are you familiar with Sous Vide cooking? Vacuum packed food cooks up beautifully using Sous Vide.
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Re: IS IT STILL GOOD? Frozen food edition! CALLING PAUL F
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: August 08, 2018 08:03PM

Dear Paul F. I found him in the bottom of my freezer. Will he be defrosted and fresh enough to come to my nephew's bar mitzvah party?
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Re: IS IT STILL GOOD? Frozen food edition! CALLING PAUL F
Posted by: flareslow
Date: August 08, 2018 08:05PM
A vacuum sealer is a must. If not, freezer burn doesn't take long, it gives meat, fish or poultry a terrible flavor. It's safe to eat, but you won't want to.
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Re: IS IT STILL GOOD? Frozen food edition! CALLING PAUL F
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 08, 2018 08:44PM
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testcase
I'd be most concerned about ground meat. Using it sooner is better than later. Are the other items properly wrapped for freezer storage? Vacuum sealed is probably the best method. If properly sealed, meat should be good for a long time (1 year plus).

Are you familiar with Sous Vide cooking? Vacuum packed food cooks up beautifully using Sous Vide.

Some of the food is vacuum sealed, some isn't. (getting food from two different farms) I haven't noticed any freezer burn yet perhaps helped by the chest freezer.

I've been doing a lot of sous vide. Usually you want to add some salt or herbs. That said, I would like to get a vacuum sealer. Just waiting for a good deal.



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Re: IS IT STILL GOOD? Frozen food edition! CALLING PAUL F
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: August 08, 2018 08:53PM
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...I would like to get a vacuum sealer. Just waiting for a good deal.

How about $29 shipped?

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Re: IS IT STILL GOOD? Frozen food edition! CALLING PAUL F
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: August 09, 2018 01:23AM
How long it lasts depends on how it’s wrapped.
Foil and ziplock freezer bag, a year... maybe 18mo.
Vacuum sealer, a couple years.
Aluminum foil, and a double layer of vacuum bagging? 5-6 years?
All will still be SAFE for decades, but freezer burn starts taking a toll on the tastiness. But, even modestly freezer burned beef can make good chilli.



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Re: IS IT STILL GOOD? Frozen food edition! CALLING PAUL F
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 09, 2018 08:17AM
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SDGuy
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mattkime
...I would like to get a vacuum sealer. Just waiting for a good deal.

How about $29 shipped?

I'm going by wirecutter reviews. I'm waiting for a deal on their top reviewed model.



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Re: IS IT STILL GOOD? Frozen food edition! CALLING PAUL F
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 09, 2018 11:30AM
It's safe to eat, but you won't want to.

All will still be SAFE for decades, but freezer burn starts taking a toll on the tastiness. But, even modestly freezer burned beef can make good chilli.


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