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Bugger. Oxtail in ice box instead of freezer - safe or not?

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oopslateagain Thu 01-Nov-12 17:13:28

I bought some oxtail for a casserole on 22 October, popped them in my (*) ice box and meant to put them in the main freezer later that day. They're still in my ice box.

The meat is frozen but I can dig my nail into the fat; it all smells fine (I haven't defrosted it yet). Wikipedia says a 1* freezer can store pre-frozen food for up to a week, the oxtail wasn't pre-frozen.

Would you cook with it (assuming once it's defrosted it still smells OK)?

storminabuttercup Thu 01-Nov-12 17:40:12

If it's properly frozen it will be fine.

TinyDancingHoofer Thu 01-Nov-12 17:41:04

I'd eat it.

TheFallenMadonna Thu 01-Nov-12 17:46:37

22 October as in last week? God yes!

oopslateagain Thu 01-Nov-12 19:37:06

Yes as in last week, not a year ago! I think I'd have binned chicken, pork or fish, but beef somehow seems 'safer'. I was just a bit hmm at the "one week" limit for a 1*.

I'll give it the sniff test once it's defrosted tomorrow and fingers crossed we'll have some lovely soup.

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