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Unread 08-02-2010, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default Frozen Brisket

I just realized I had a lovely 12lb brisket on the bottom of my freezer that I didn't know was there. Will it still be good after a year in the deep freeze? I never leave anything in the freezer for that long (on purpose) and have no idea of its effect.
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Unread 08-02-2010, 09:11 PM   #2
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I grew up on the farm and we would have a couple cows and pigs slaughtered whenever we got low on meat. I know there had been times we pulled out meat that was in the deep freeze for a few years and was just fine.
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If it was properly wrapped it will be good. I had some beef that was tightly wrapped on butcher paper for 20 years and 2 moves and it was good.
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Food safety wise it should be ok. Taste wise might be a different story depending on how it was frozen. I hope others will chime in. I still have a frozen turkey from November that I just found in the deep freeze.
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Go for it. It will only cost you some fuel and time. I'll bet it's almost as good as a fresh one.
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If it was properly wrapped it will be good. I had some beef that was tightly wrapped on butcher paper for 20 years and 2 moves and it was good.

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If it is not freezer burned, it will be fine. Can't say I've found something 20 years old in my freezer, but a few years old is nothing.
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If it was properly wrapped it will be good. I had some beef that was tightly wrapped on butcher paper for 20 years and 2 moves and it was good.

20 years!!?
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Well if it was 20 years old ...I think I'd trash it
If a couple years old it's probably ok. Defrost it and have a look.
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Should be good to go.
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I'd let it thaw slowly in a fridge and then trim the fat off, especially if it's a self defrosting freezer. Give it the smell test after trimming away any discolored meat. If the cryo didn't break you should be good to go.
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Cleaned out a deep freeze that was my grandmothers two years ago and found a Poke Butt from 1975!
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Just cooked a pork loin that's been in the freezer since Dec of 2007 - tasted delicious, and i am still alive! :) I say you are fine.
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Cleaned out a deep freeze that was my grandmothers two years ago and found a Poke Butt from 1975!

Did you cook it?
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Default Do not eat it!

This is a potentially dangerous situation. You should IMMEDIATELY send me the questionable brisket for further "analysis". I will do my testing, and if it seems ok to eat, I'll send it back. If it fails, I'll "dispose of it" appropriately.

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