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Old 04-07-2014, 05:02 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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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 ?
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:17 AM
 
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As long as the meat is frozen and kept at 0 degrees or below, bacteria cannot grow and she will not get sick or get food poisoning. Food that is frozen for years can get freezer burn, and change in taste and texture, but it will not give you food poisoning..
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:18 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Phonelady - your cousin is right!
Frozen for a year? If done properly, there is no fear. The food is good!
How old is, you think some frozen food in the stores??

Frozen food will safely keep in the freezer indefinitely. But its flavor and texture might suffer after years of storage.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:26 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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These short but safe time limits for home-refrigerated foods will keep them from spoiling or becoming dangerous to eat. The guidelines for freezer storage are for quality only. Frozen foods remain safe indefinitely.
Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer | FoodSafety.gov

Perfectly safe, but as already stated, the texture and taste can change.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Geez. . I am still alive. . I guess I didn't get the memo..
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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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 ?
you haven't talked to people who really know much about frozen foods. yes, the texture might change a little and I don't think I would bother with something that is 2 years old, but as long as she froze it before it started to spoil she is right, and you are wrong. Food can be kept frozen for years and still be perfectly edible. That is what freezers are for.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I still wouldn't eat it, but that's me. I have never kept any meats in the freezer longer than 2 months.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:59 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I still wouldn't eat it, but that's me. I have never kept any meats in the freezer longer than 2 months.
That's your personal preference and has NOTHING to do with OP question.
Frozen food is good forever, and safe to eat.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Truth be told I think most of us have found something in the freezer of indeterminate age, eaten it and lived to tell the tale.

Freezer burn can ruin food but I use my food saver and don't loose anything due to freezer burn or anything else. i remember when i was growing up we had a huge freezer chest in the basement and my daddy would hold me up by the ankles to dig deep into that to find something. I'm sure I sometimes found old stuff as we rarely dated anything. But nobody ever got sick.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:48 AM
 
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No problem freezing things for a long time, as long as they are in a deep freeze, and not a frost-free refrigerator freezer. I also use my Food Saver, and I date everything. No problems yet!
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