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Old 06-29-2008, 12:43 PM   #1
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Hey Brothers and Sisters! I was cleaning the deep freeze and ran across a 17lb brisket still in the cryo. thats about a 1 1/2 years old. I've done a search and cant find a definitive answer to whether its still good or even safe to fix it. Whats your thoughts?
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:48 PM   #2
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I'd defrost in the fridge, open it up and smell it. If it smells good I'd smoke it. And then after you smoke it, I'd give it a try. If it tastes good, eat it. If it doesn't feed it to the dogs.

I don't know about 1.5 years, but I wouldn't go 4 years. This I know...
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:52 PM   #3
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I'd defrost in the fridge, open it up and smell it. If it smells good I'd smoke it. And then after you smoke it, I'd give it a try. If it tastes good, eat it. If it doesn't feed it to the dogs.

I don't know about 1.5 years, but I wouldn't go 4 years. This I know...
Thank you! you speaking from exp?
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:46 PM   #5
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The meat is going to be safe to eat.....how tasty and dry it is, well....that's a different question.
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:53 PM   #6
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I'd defrost in the fridge, open it up and smell it. If it smells good I'd smoke it. And then after you smoke it, I'd give it a try. If it tastes good, eat it. If it doesn't feed it to the dogs.

I don't know about 1.5 years, but I wouldn't go 4 years. This I know...
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I'd defrost in the fridge, open it up and smell it. If it smells good I'd smoke it. And then after you smoke it, I'd give it a try. If it tastes good, eat it. If it doesn't feed it to the dogs.

I don't know about 1.5 years, but I wouldn't go 4 years. This I know...
Sounds good! Except give it to a neighbors yappy dog if in doubt.
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The meat is going to be safe to eat.....how tasty and dry it is, well....that's a different question.

Gotwood has got it right. If the brisket has been frozen, never defrosted[power outage, etc], it will be safe to eat. I am guessing that in the original cyro-pac it will still maintain good eating quality too.

USDA says properly frozen food in a deep-freeze lasts indefinitely as far as safty is concerned.
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Gotwood has got it right. If the brisket has been frozen, never defrosted[power outage, etc], it will be safe to eat. I am guessing that in the original cyro-pac it will still maintain good eating quality too.

USDA says properly frozen food in a deep-freeze lasts indefinitely as far as safty is concerned.
Safe yes, good tasting? No.
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Safe yes, good tasting? No.
Absoulty right Bigdog. Taste or quality is a seperate issue from safty.
4 years, I too say NO. But 1.5 years, maybe. If cyro-packed, and solidly frozen, it COULD still taste fine. Maybe not something for a comp, but ok for home use, or at least chili.

As a kid growing up, we regularly ate stuff out of our freezer that was over a year old. Tasted good, too.
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Smoked slow and low, I have done some old beef and elk and had no problems as long as the freeze has been uninterrupted.
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It be safe maybe not tasty but safe
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Thanks for all the responses. I belive the butcher told me they were frozen a few days out from the exp. date. I'll defrost it this week and cook it Thursday and report back how it is.
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