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Frozen meat....how long can i keep it for ??

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nutcracker Wed 15-Jun-05 21:23:58

Have 2 trays of frozen stewing steak that I was hoping to bung in the slow cooker tommorow but they BB dates are may and Jan.

Do i have to chuck either then ??

ButtonMoon Wed 15-Jun-05 21:34:47

I would use the one from May cos I think it usually says "suitable for freezing and consume within one month" I would throw the Jan away but my Mum would do the smell test!!!

Janh Wed 15-Jun-05 21:39:44

It shouldn't be bad, nutty - not if it's stayed frozen - but may have deteriorated in texture or got a bit of freezer burn (where the surface goes white). It is supposed to be OK to keep whole pieces of meat frozen for at least 3 months, and I have to admit to using it much older than that, but it isn't as nice as fresh.

Worth defrosting and sniffing and poking anyway.

nutcracker Wed 15-Jun-05 22:01:48

Ok, i'll defrost and sniff then

SaintGeorge Wed 15-Jun-05 22:03:51

From a safety point of view it will be fine.

The texture changes after too long in the freezer hence the BB dates. I wouldn't use steak or a joint from January but stewing steak or mince cooked slowly shouldn't be too bad.

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