how long does frozen meat keep-- specifically, sausage - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-26-2009, 05:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
Llyra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: right here
Posts: 9,388
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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?

me knit.gif, he bikenew.gif, my three reading.gif, sleepytime.gif, and fairy.gif-- and the one we lost angel2.gif
Llyra is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-26-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Alyantavid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 7,595
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
Alyantavid is offline  
Old 03-26-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Drummer's Wife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Land of Enchantment
Posts: 11,487
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.

ribboncesarean.gif cesareans happen.
Drummer's Wife is offline  
Old 03-26-2009, 05:31 PM
 
ASusan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Midwest
Posts: 4,839
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It's fine. Eat it. If you're uncomfortable with it, you can send it to me, and I'll eat it.

DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.

ASusan is offline  
Old 03-26-2009, 06:24 PM
 
tjsmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Rocky Mountain High...
Posts: 3,429
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.

Gaye, single mama to Tyler (5/06) and Baxter the labradoodle
surf.gif bikenew.gif jog.gif Wait...I signed up to DO an Ironman??? I thought I was signing up to go SEE Ironman! nut.gif

tjsmama is offline  
Old 03-26-2009, 06:28 PM
 
cristeen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 14,677
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
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.
:

I've eaten meat that's been buried in the bottom of the deep freeze for 3 years, and it's been fine.

Cristeen ~ Always remembering our stillheart.gif  warrior ~ Our rainbow1284.gif  is 3, how'd that happen?!?! 

We welcomed another rainbow1284.gifstillheart.gif  warrior in May 2012!! 

2012 Decluttering challenge - 575/2012

cristeen is offline  
Old 03-26-2009, 07:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
Llyra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: right here
Posts: 9,388
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.

me knit.gif, he bikenew.gif, my three reading.gif, sleepytime.gif, and fairy.gif-- and the one we lost angel2.gif
Llyra is offline  
Old 03-28-2009, 10:13 PM
 
luminesce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: In a perpetual 2WW
Posts: 2,207
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.

Me (37) ~ DH (39) ~ DS (3) ~ TTC #2 since 4/10
luminesce is offline  
Old 03-28-2009, 10:30 PM
 
mamadelbosque's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Ohio, USA
Posts: 6,810
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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
mamadelbosque is offline  
Old 03-28-2009, 10:59 PM
 
dogmom327's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 5,702
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.

Mama to DS (6/07) h20homebirth.gif, DD (6/09) h20homebirth.gif, and DD (07/12) homebirth.jpg..

dogmom327 is offline  
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off