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how long can you freeze meat?

if you put it in by the "use or freeze by" date, how long is it good? chicken? steak?

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Asked by juliegorham at 12:16 PM on Oct. 28, 2008 in Food & Drink

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  • Depends on the type of meat. I would do a search on yahoo or something and you should be able to look at a chart.

    Answer by jenniferlee_12 at 12:30 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • 6m to a yr make sure they are in freezer bags or wrapped by the butcher... other wise u will get freezer burn.. hamb lasts the longest... when it changes from that bright color u put it in the frezzer with to a dark deep red its freezer burnt

    Answer by navywifemomkoch at 12:34 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • As long as you have it very well wrapped, airtight as possible, most meats are good up to a year. Ground meats should be frozen no more than 3-4 months, poultry up to 12 months, roasts up to 12 months, etc. All of these are safe if frozen longer, but the quality begins to deteriorate. Also, try to freeze foods as quickly as possible, both in regards to the use by date and how quickly it goes from cold to frozen. Don't over-crowd the freezer and keep foods in a single layer until frozen. Quick freezing ensures even, small ice crystals, which will ensure the best quality when thawed. Slow freezing caused large ice crystals, which damage cells during thawing, resulting in the water content (juices) seeping out of the meat when you thaw, which in turn causes the meat to be dry and tasteless when cooked.

    Answer by jespeach at 1:06 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • 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 6 to 12
    Meat, uncooked steaks or chops 6 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

    Answer by jespeach at 1:08 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • thanks ladies!

    Answer by juliegorham at 1:20 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • Also, if you have a deep freeze they last longer.

    Answer by drowninginboys at 7:48 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

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