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how long does frozen meat keep-- specifically, sausage

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I just found a package of sausage in the back of my freezer dated early November. It's uncured seasoned Italian sausage that was probably frozen right after I bought it. I'm kind of wondering how long something like this is still good to eat? It's my regular kitchen freezer, not the deep freeze. It was packaged in a good freezer bag.

Do you think I can defrost this and cook it, or is it too old?
post #2 of 10
You bought it in November or it expired in November?

Stuff really does last a long time in the freezer. I'd take it out and cook it.
post #3 of 10
I've heard of people eating meat that's been frozen for a year (or even longer). We never seem to have meat in the freezer longer than about 3 months, but I would guess sausage from Nov. would be fine now.
post #4 of 10
It's fine. Eat it. If you're uncomfortable with it, you can send it to me, and I'll eat it.
post #5 of 10
It won't go bad. The quality may not be great, but it's not going to make you sick or anything. It may be dried out/freezer-burned, but it's fine to eat.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by tjsmama View Post
It won't go bad. The quality may not be great, but it's not going to make you sick or anything. It may be dried out/freezer-burned, but it's fine to eat.
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I've eaten meat that's been buried in the bottom of the deep freeze for 3 years, and it's been fine.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks! We just finished it, and it was fine. I cooked it in a nice tomato sauce, so even if it was a little dry, we wouldn't have noticed.
post #8 of 10
Freezing preserves food indefinitely. It just might not taste so good. My grandmother likes to tell a story about a 12 year old frozen roast that they cooked. Personally, I don't keep meat frozen more than 3-6 months due to quality.
post #9 of 10
We routinely have deer frozen for ~ a year. And I buy sausage/bacon in bulk from my co-op and have it in the freezer for at least a couple months usually. And we have quite a few chickens left that were butcherd in... july maybe august of last year? And they're still peachy fine too
post #10 of 10
We buy meat in bulk (1/4 side of beef, whole pig, 25 large chickens, etc.) since our preferred sources often only have it available once a year. As a practical matter, we freeze and eat meat that has been frozen for a whole year at some point. Never noticed an issue.
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