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Jul 29, 2006, 10:09 AM
 
i want to make taco salad for dinner tonight. there is an unopened pack of ground beef in the freezer. it's been in there for months. i cannot even recall when i bought it but it has been frozen all that time. provided i cook it throughly, is it safe to eat?
     
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Jul 29, 2006, 10:16 AM
 
Safe? Maybe! Tasty? NO!

Assume that moisture slowly "evaporates" from the meat over time even when stored frozen. Bacteria grows far more slowly; but, the loss of moisture leads to a loss of texture. sam
     
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Jul 29, 2006, 10:22 AM
 
Yes, frozen meat can spoil. Especially ground meat spoils easily. If you don't even know how old it is, do yourself a favor and eat something else.
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Jul 29, 2006, 10:31 AM
 
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Jul 29, 2006, 12:25 PM
 
According to the USDA:

Ground beef is safe indefinitely if kept frozen, but will lose quality over time. It is best if used within 4 months.
     
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Jul 29, 2006, 12:41 PM
 
Freezer burn makes meat taste great!
     
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Jul 29, 2006, 12:54 PM
 
I was going to say: it won't spoil, since the organisms that cause meat to spoil can't survive in the freezer, but it can freezer-burn. If you don't know how old the meat is, you're best off not using it, just to be safe.
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Jul 29, 2006, 01:06 PM
 
Just thaw it and give it the sniff test.
     
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Jul 29, 2006, 02:18 PM
 
Reminds me of this gem:

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Jul 29, 2006, 02:39 PM
 
Originally Posted by BRussell
Just thaw it and give it the sniff test.

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Jul 29, 2006, 03:30 PM
 
I recall reading safe freezing times for meats.
This is the USDA recommendation:

Time is listed in months:

Bacon and Sausage 1 to 2
Casseroles 2 to 3
Egg whites or egg substitutes 12
Frozen Dinners and Entrees 3 to 4
Gravy, meat or poultry 2 to 3
Ham, Hotdogs and Lunchmeats 1 to 2
Meat, uncooked roasts 4 to 12
Meat, uncooked steaks or chops 4 to 12
Meat, uncooked ground 3 to 4
Meat, cooked 2 to 3
Poultry, uncooked whole 12
Poultry, uncooked parts 9
Poultry, uncooked giblets 3 to 4
Poultry, cooked 4
Soups and Stews 2 to 3
Wild game, uncooked 8 to 12

Another USDA link
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Jul 29, 2006, 08:50 PM
 
Well I went ahead and unthawed it. I cooked it a little longer than normal. It didn't have any strange taste or smell so I ate it, so there you go.
     
   
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