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How old is too old? Frozen meat!

I found this to be an interesting topic, I have been doing research for the past few hours on this subject.  Last night I found a 8 lb Pork Roast that had been packaged in Cryowrap and then re-wrapped in freezer paper dated 2/15 in my freezer!  My lovely wife said throw it away!  Well I was curious to see what it was all about, I left it our to thaw still wrapped in the freezer paper, to my surprise upon thawing it looked like the day it was purchased.  Perfect color, opening the pack no odor! According to what I have read, as long as there is no freezer burn, it looks good and has no foul odor or any odor associated with well you know! It should be good to go!  So what the hell, I am going to throw some seasoning on it and let this baby cook, I will update.  If anyone of my fellow eggheads has any comment please let me know what you have experienced.  I am not really looking for what the FDA says, already read that.  I want some real life scenarios here from Eggers!  Thanks.
                  Raideregg
I Like Big Eggs and I can not lie!
XXL,XL, L and MM

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  • Tried to post 2 pics, however not sure why they did not post.  JPEG files, what the heck am I doing wrong? 
                      Raideregg
    I Like Big Eggs and I can not lie!
    XXL,XL, L and MM
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 21,350
    I have done freezer dives and found well dated beef roasts (2-3 yrs old) along with a turkey that was at least 3 yrs old.  Did as you did and all turned out just fine.  If there's no damage to the cryovac and no loss of temperature in a good freezer there may not be an outer limit. 
    But I'm just guessing here-hopefully the freezer experts will be along. 
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here; L&S BGE's, PBC, Lang 36; burnin wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • Like you say above, if it’s not discolored and doesn’t smell like the funk, eat it! I’ve eaten 5 yr old wild game that I’ve found in the bottom reaches of my freezer. I’ve since come up with a “divider” system to prevent such things from happening. In general, I’ve found that if it’s properly wrapped or vac packed, and stored right, 2-3 yrs in a freezer is nothing. 
  • 20stone20stone Posts: 1,874
    I wouldn’t eat a rare steak of that, but it’s never too old for chili
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  • My in-laws are beef producers, so needless to say we have an abundance of beef. Just about everything in our freezer is older than the recommended 6 months and we use it routinely. If it doesn't smell or look funny then you should be fine. 
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  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 4,319
     Cook it! 
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  • DWFIIDWFII Posts: 301
    I used to say 60 was too old. But now I'm 72 and having to re-think that.
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 23,179
    My rule of thumb is older than 5 years I pitch it - otherwise I've never had a problem! The only exception is with chicken which seems to get freezer burnt after 2 or 3 years.
    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time.
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,942
    RRP said:
    My rule of thumb is older than 5 years I pitch it - otherwise I've never had a problem! The only exception is with chicken which seems to get freezer burnt after 2 or 3 years.
    Just how often do you find 5+ year old meat in your freezer that you came up with a rule of thumb??? :)
    Camped out in the (757/948/804)
  • a week ago I did babybacks that had been in the freezer since July of last year and they turned out great. I also have half of a Boston Butt in the freezer since April of last year. Vacuum sealed and the seal is still intact. I'll probably cook it in the next week or so. I knew the babybacks were there but had forgotten the BB until I went looking for the ribs,
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 23,179
    HeavyG said:
    RRP said:
    My rule of thumb is older than 5 years I pitch it - otherwise I've never had a problem! The only exception is with chicken which seems to get freezer burnt after 2 or 3 years.
    Just how often do you find 5+ year old meat in your freezer that you came up with a rule of thumb??? :)
    We had a 16 cu ft that lasted us over 30 years and some of meats on the far down and low shelves would be forgotten. Then at the every other summer that we would defrost the 5 yr rule came into play. Recently we replaced that freezer with a new 14 cu ft one so some more forgotten food stuffs got pitched. Now since this new one is frost free clean outs won't be happening, but we made a pact to not buy anything for the freezer until we made a real dent in the Pratt Inventory! 
    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time.
  • Thanks for the response I cooked it and it was amazing. 
                      Raideregg
    I Like Big Eggs and I can not lie!
    XXL,XL, L and MM
  • DMWDMW Posts: 13,750
    OK, now that you got an accurate crowd sourced response, I have a question. This is genuinely curious, and I intend no disrespect.

    Why would you respect the opinion of internet users over the published research backed information already provided by the FDA? I mean, yeah, they had that whole debacle with getting the food pyramid upside down for a few decades, but the safety of frozen food over time is a fairly straightforward issue to analyze and does not involved forward looking prediction.
    Morgantown, PA

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  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    DMW said:
    OK, now that you got an accurate crowd sourced response, I have a question. This is genuinely curious, and I intend no disrespect.

    Why would you respect the opinion of internet users over the published research backed information already provided by the FDA? I mean, yeah, they had that whole debacle with getting the food pyramid upside down for a few decades, but the safety of frozen food over time is a fairly straightforward issue to analyze and does not involved forward looking prediction.
    What do you mean @DMW?  
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 21,350
    @DMW- Wonder how much of the FDA research findings had true empirical data??  Besides, I don't see any FDA information here so for all we know the above empirical data could be well inside their guidelines. 
    And I haven't even played the fake news card...  ;)
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here; L&S BGE's, PBC, Lang 36; burnin wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • Raideregg said:
    Thanks for the response I cooked it and it was amazing. 
    Not wet aged. Not dry aged. Freezer aged. 
  • DMWDMW Posts: 13,750
    bgebrent said:
    DMW said:
    OK, now that you got an accurate crowd sourced response, I have a question. This is genuinely curious, and I intend no disrespect.

    Why would you respect the opinion of internet users over the published research backed information already provided by the FDA? I mean, yeah, they had that whole debacle with getting the food pyramid upside down for a few decades, but the safety of frozen food over time is a fairly straightforward issue to analyze and does not involved forward looking prediction.
    What do you mean @DMW?  
    From the OP's start of this thread:

    "I am not really looking for what the FDA says, already read that.  I want some real life scenarios here from Eggers!"
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle - XXL BGE - Akron Jr - BS SS36" Griddle
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    DMW said:
    bgebrent said:
    DMW said:
    OK, now that you got an accurate crowd sourced response, I have a question. This is genuinely curious, and I intend no disrespect.

    Why would you respect the opinion of internet users over the published research backed information already provided by the FDA? I mean, yeah, they had that whole debacle with getting the food pyramid upside down for a few decades, but the safety of frozen food over time is a fairly straightforward issue to analyze and does not involved forward looking prediction.
    What do you mean @DMW?  
    From the OP's start of this thread:

    "I am not really looking for what the FDA says, already read that.  I want some real life scenarios here from Eggers!"
    Sorry Dwayne, my question was more rhetorical and in jest.  
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • DMW said:
    bgebrent said:
    DMW said:
    OK, now that you got an accurate crowd sourced response, I have a question. This is genuinely curious, and I intend no disrespect.

    Why would you respect the opinion of internet users over the published research backed information already provided by the FDA? I mean, yeah, they had that whole debacle with getting the food pyramid upside down for a few decades, but the safety of frozen food over time is a fairly straightforward issue to analyze and does not involved forward looking prediction.
    What do you mean @DMW?  
    From the OP's start of this thread:

    "I am not really looking for what the FDA says, already read that.  I want some real life scenarios here from Eggers!"
    The flaw in the OP’s approach here is that nobody ever hears from the Eggers who die.
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

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  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    DMW said:
    bgebrent said:
    DMW said:
    OK, now that you got an accurate crowd sourced response, I have a question. This is genuinely curious, and I intend no disrespect.

    Why would you respect the opinion of internet users over the published research backed information already provided by the FDA? I mean, yeah, they had that whole debacle with getting the food pyramid upside down for a few decades, but the safety of frozen food over time is a fairly straightforward issue to analyze and does not involved forward looking prediction.
    What do you mean @DMW?  
    From the OP's start of this thread:

    "I am not really looking for what the FDA says, already read that.  I want some real life scenarios here from Eggers!"
    The flaw in the OP’s approach here is that nobody ever hears from the Eggers who die.
    Got a list John?
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • bgebrent said:
    DMW said:
    bgebrent said:
    DMW said:
    OK, now that you got an accurate crowd sourced response, I have a question. This is genuinely curious, and I intend no disrespect.

    Why would you respect the opinion of internet users over the published research backed information already provided by the FDA? I mean, yeah, they had that whole debacle with getting the food pyramid upside down for a few decades, but the safety of frozen food over time is a fairly straightforward issue to analyze and does not involved forward looking prediction.
    What do you mean @DMW?  
    From the OP's start of this thread:

    "I am not really looking for what the FDA says, already read that.  I want some real life scenarios here from Eggers!"
    The flaw in the OP’s approach here is that nobody ever hears from the Eggers who die.
    Got a list John?
    You want me to provide a list of dead Eggheads to prove that dead people don’t post on the Eggheadforum after they’re dead?  Just how much bourbon have you consumed this evening?
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Living large in the 919
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    bgebrent said:
    DMW said:
    bgebrent said:
    DMW said:
    OK, now that you got an accurate crowd sourced response, I have a question. This is genuinely curious, and I intend no disrespect.

    Why would you respect the opinion of internet users over the published research backed information already provided by the FDA? I mean, yeah, they had that whole debacle with getting the food pyramid upside down for a few decades, but the safety of frozen food over time is a fairly straightforward issue to analyze and does not involved forward looking prediction.
    What do you mean @DMW?  
    From the OP's start of this thread:

    "I am not really looking for what the FDA says, already read that.  I want some real life scenarios here from Eggers!"
    The flaw in the OP’s approach here is that nobody ever hears from the Eggers who die.
    Got a list John?
    You want me to provide a list of dead Eggheads to prove that dead people don’t post on the Eggheadforum after they’re dead?  Just how much bourbon have you consumed this evening?
    Come on John.  You understand the dilemma.  No bourbon today.  Was hoping for a more academic response.  
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • bucky925bucky925 Posts: 1,781
    Easy Easy, it's really just shoud I throw it out or cook it thead.  

    Be careful when following the masses. Sometimes the M is silent.

  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    bucky925 said:
    Easy Easy, it's really just shoud I throw it out or cook it thead.  
    Have you seen his airport preferences??
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • DMWDMW Posts: 13,750
    lousubcap said:
    @DMW- Wonder how much of the FDA research findings had true empirical data??  Besides, I don't see any FDA information here so for all we know the above empirical data could be well inside their guidelines. 
    And I haven't even played the fake news card...  ;)
    Short version, keep it frozen, it's OK to eat.
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle - XXL BGE - Akron Jr - BS SS36" Griddle
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    DMW said:
    lousubcap said:
    @DMW- Wonder how much of the FDA research findings had true empirical data??  Besides, I don't see any FDA information here so for all we know the above empirical data could be well inside their guidelines. 
    And I haven't even played the fake news card...  ;)
    Short version, keep it frozen, it's OK to eat.
    Thanks Dwayne.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • DMWDMW Posts: 13,750
    bgebrent said:
    DMW said:
    lousubcap said:
    @DMW- Wonder how much of the FDA research findings had true empirical data??  Besides, I don't see any FDA information here so for all we know the above empirical data could be well inside their guidelines. 
    And I haven't even played the fake news card...  ;)
    Short version, keep it frozen, it's OK to eat.
    Thanks Dwayne.
    Any time, always happy to help when possible. :s:smiley:

    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle - XXL BGE - Akron Jr - BS SS36" Griddle
  • bucky925bucky925 Posts: 1,781
    bgebrent said:
    bucky925 said:
    Easy Easy, it's really just shoud I throw it out or cook it thead.  
    Have you seen his airport preferences??
    I have..roflmao 

    Be careful when following the masses. Sometimes the M is silent.

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