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Old 04-07-2014, 08:03 AM
 
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My cousin freezes a lot of leftovers including thanksgiving turkey meat and also xmas ham and she then waits a year or two and defrosts them and eats them ...I keep telling her that one day she is going to catch a severe case of food poisoning that will kill her !! she laughs and says frozen food is good indefinitely ...everyone I talk too disagrees with that and tells me she is asking for trouble . Does anyone else think this practice is dangerous too ?
Funny ... I just took out some ground beef from my freezer to defrost that was dated March 2013. It might have lost some flavor by now, but it's going to be mixed up with a bunch of stuff, so we'll never notice. And since I froze it as soon as I brought it home from the store (must have been a really good sale) I'm 110% positive it's safe.

Your cousin is right. She's not going to get food poisoning unless it spoiled before she froze it.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:05 AM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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I agree. I keep things in a separate freezer, Food Saver vac'd, & they keep for months. I don't keep anything much over a year, but as long as air doesn't reach the product, it won't get "freezer burned", so should be fine.

Next time you're at the grocery store, phonelady61, go to the freezer section. Check out the "best by" dates of different freezer products. You should be surprised.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:13 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Even freezer burn isn't necessarily bad. I recently made some chicken soup with thighs I hadn't wrapped properly, but shredded and cooked they were just fine.
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:12 AM
 
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My cousin freezes a lot of leftovers including thanksgiving turkey meat and also xmas ham and she then waits a year or two and defrosts them and eats them ...I keep telling her that one day she is going to catch a severe case of food poisoning that will kill her !! she laughs and says frozen food is good indefinitely ...everyone I talk too disagrees with that and tells me she is asking for trouble . Does anyone else think this practice is dangerous too ?
Sounds gross, but I'm not a big frozen food eater, except ice cream! Anything I do freeze, we consume in a couple of months or out it goes. So really, I don't freeze much.
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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My cousin freezes a lot of leftovers including thanksgiving turkey meat and also xmas ham and she then waits a year or two and defrosts them and eats them ...I keep telling her that one day she is going to catch a severe case of food poisoning that will kill her !! she laughs and says frozen food is good indefinitely ...everyone I talk too disagrees with that and tells me she is asking for trouble . Does anyone else think this practice is dangerous too ?
I don't know who you're talking to, but your cousin is right. Maybe not good indefinitely, but for several years. The quality will suffer, but the food is perfectly safe as long as it has remained frozen all that time.

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Even freezer burn isn't necessarily bad. I recently made some chicken soup with thighs I hadn't wrapped properly, but shredded and cooked they were just fine.
Same here. Veggies with moderate freezer burn can be used in a soup or stew, too. Sometimes they're too far gone, but most of the time they can be used and you won't taste the freezer burn.
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:35 AM
 
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Good thing I don't worry about this! I buy a quarter of a beef at a time! I sure could never go through that much meat in a couple months!! I think I have roasts in there from 2009!!!
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:47 AM
 
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Good thing I don't worry about this! I buy a quarter of a beef at a time! I sure could never go through that much meat in a couple months!! I think I have roasts in there from 2009!!!
Reads like it time for some jerky making.
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:47 AM
 
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safe.....yes

taste suffers especially if it is any form of ground meat.

The worst one is sausage ( venison sausage in particular)

A very big difference in venison sausage from when first frozen, 3 months frozen, 6 months frozen.

I would not eat venison sausage frozen 9 months even if I got it for free ( and I like venison sausage )
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:20 AM
 
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Phonelady61,

Who on earth did you talk to? Why do people say things without checking their sources first? Um, we do have something called the internet, people. It's not like we are living in the dark ages or anything and can't look up good solid information and check our facts against the ignorant comments of other people. Sorry, but it really bothers me when people claim things that are simply not true and get well-meaning people, like you, to believe them. Look at the links posted by prior responders; frozen food is good for years as long as it is packaged and frozen properly. Who would think otherwise? I'm curious.

To all of you who think this method of food preservation is gross, try curing ham!

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Old 04-07-2014, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Texas
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My cousin freezes a lot of leftovers including thanksgiving turkey meat and also xmas ham and she then waits a year or two and defrosts them and eats them ...I keep telling her that one day she is going to catch a severe case of food poisoning that will kill her !! she laughs and says frozen food is good indefinitely ...everyone I talk too disagrees with that and tells me she is asking for trouble . Does anyone else think this practice is dangerous too ?
Why are you so judgy about your cousin's food prep?
And how do you feel now that you know that it's actually just fine?

I would research anything before I made a judgment on it and research doesn't include talking to whatever random person (popular opinion does not equal fact).
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