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Aug 1, 2022 - 3:22:06 PM

STUD

USA

36217 posts since 3/5/2008

Liz here: we were cleaning out the freezer the other day and found 3 big sections of prime rib, dated...wait for it...2016.
What are the odds that it's still edible? Place yer bets now!

Aug 1, 2022 - 3:43:08 PM

slammer

USA

3741 posts since 12/30/2008
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Better make plenty of sides!!!
Slammer!!!

Aug 1, 2022 - 4:24:07 PM
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Brian T

Canada

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I'd thin slice all that for either jerky (who notices tenderness in jerky?)
or a serious mess of fajita.

Aug 1, 2022 - 4:34:07 PM
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RV6

USA

1466 posts since 2/3/2012

quote:
Originally posted by STUD

Liz here: we were cleaning out the freezer the other day and found 3 big sections of prime rib, dated...wait for it...2016.
What are the odds that it's still edible? Place yer bets now!


Well, that's not really aged beef.  It's just old.  And, in our household, that's something that never would have happenedsurprise

I'd suggest that you invite some folks over and cook it up for them.   You can buy something from McDonald's to eat so you will be safewink

If your guests live, it's probably OK for you to eat.  But, not recommended by the "administrator" surprise

Aug 1, 2022 - 5:16:42 PM
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STUD

USA

36217 posts since 3/5/2008

We figger that that was bout the time when i had me heartahstroke...

Lotta things took a back seat...in thos days... ;0)

Aug 1, 2022 - 6:06:17 PM

151 posts since 1/28/2017

if it was 1 year questionable. Now 6 years is a different story. Mark it inedible and throw it away.
You have gone beyond freezer burnt. Please do not try to eat it in any form. Expensive Fish stink bait????

Aug 1, 2022 - 7:47:22 PM

Owen

Canada

11546 posts since 6/5/2011

I expect texture and taste will have deteriorated, but IF it was kept frozen, I think it would be safe to eat.   Grind 'er up and mix in some "stuff" and you should be good to go.... and always remember: ketchup is your friend!!   cheeky

Standard disclaimer:  I'm no "expert."

Edit: 'Way back, we had friends that had had four sons.  As/when the boys were into their teen years, whenever they would butcher a beef, the mom said they'd save only a few of the prime cuts, and make everything else into ground beef.   She said it reduced the time between plate and stomach for her sons. 

Edited by - Owen on 08/01/2022 20:03:21

Aug 1, 2022 - 8:47:21 PM

11397 posts since 8/22/2006

How was it wrapped? Air tight plastic bags or aluminum foil? If foil throw it out air tight plastic bags I wouldn’t eat it but it maybe safe. Cook it cook it quick and hot. On the safe side toss it you forgot it was there until your trip through the freezer so in reality you are not out anything. Or you could cook it for the local dog pack.

Aug 2, 2022 - 1:30:15 AM

Brian T

Canada

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I defer to the professionals such as Wayne Gisslen and Harold McGee.
The old meat will have a different taste and texture but it is SAFE to eat.
Cooties will not jump out.
Gisslen suggests to do you best to trim off the really dry leathery parts and cook to rehydrate the rest. Just as I suggested in my previous post.

This is a problem that I face all the time, any sort of a bulk meat order and the last of it is usually quite dry so I make something quite mucky and wet and cook very slowly.

Aug 2, 2022 - 4:02:06 AM
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RonR

USA

1979 posts since 11/29/2012

I ate some 3 year old crab cakes my mom made. They were in the deep freezer and were great with a little tartar sauce.

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Aug 2, 2022 - 4:46:49 AM

heavy5

USA

2410 posts since 11/3/2016

Donate it to a local animal shelter

Aug 2, 2022 - 4:51:22 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

27705 posts since 8/3/2003

If it looks okay and smells okay when thawed, then it would probably be okay to eat. Do not expect it to taste as good as fresh beef. And, as said above: cut off all the freezer burn, leathery looking stuff and get down to what looks good.

Probably be best to cut it up and make a stew (as said above).

If I had the decision to make I'd throw it away. I try to never keep any kind of meat, poultry or fish that's been frozen for over a year.

Several years ago we cleaned out a friend's freezer after she was put in a memory care facility. Some of the frozen items were well over 4 years old. They just didn't look good so they were dumped.

Aug 2, 2022 - 5:29:55 AM
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I thought the topic was gonna be about the high cost of collar stays or how much we hate the price of lamp oil! Now those would be truly aged beefs~ !

Aug 2, 2022 - 5:44:17 AM
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janolov

Sweden

41834 posts since 3/7/2006

If it is good freezer, and if it well packaged, it should still be OK to eat. I remember that the Swedish Government had some preparatory stores in the 70's during the cold war, so if the country was isolated there would be some steak available for the people. The steaks was sold out in the 80's and they were fine to eat.

Aug 2, 2022 - 10:25:32 AM

798 posts since 10/9/2017

If you had any power outages in the intervening period, throw it away.

Aug 2, 2022 - 10:27:36 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

1692 posts since 8/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by STUD

Liz here: we were cleaning out the freezer the other day and found 3 big sections of prime rib, dated...wait for it...2016.
What are the odds that it's still edible? Place yer bets now!


If it's never been thawed and not covered in snow or freezer burn, it's for sure still fine. 

Aug 2, 2022 - 1:22:04 PM
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4221 posts since 4/29/2012

quote:
Originally posted by janolov

If it is good freezer, and if it well packaged, it should still be OK to eat. I remember that the Swedish Government had some preparatory stores in the 70's during the cold war, so if the country was isolated there would be some steak available for the people. The steaks was sold out in the 80's and they were fine to eat.


Does that only work if it's a cold war ?

Aug 2, 2022 - 1:56:33 PM
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STUD

USA

36217 posts since 3/5/2008

Stories of people eating wooly mammoth:
theatlantic.com/science/archiv...r/604069/
(FYI, we defrosted a piece of the beef. It looks and smells perfectly fine.)

Aug 2, 2022 - 3:59:08 PM
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151 posts since 1/28/2017

How long can you freeze beef?
Jul 17, 2019
KNOWLEDGE ARTICLE
Frozen beef will be safe indefinitely. However, for best quality, use uncooked steaks, roasts, or chops within four to 12 months, uncooked ground beef within four months, and cooked beef within two to three months.

This came off of : USDA ask usda a question
ask.usda.gov/s/article/How-lon...eeze-beef

Aug 3, 2022 - 2:28:59 PM
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STUD

USA

36217 posts since 3/5/2008

Well, we cooked a piece of the beef today in the smoker, and had it with a salad as an early dinner. It was perfectly fine. Not the best beef ever, but not freezer burnt at all, and very tasty. Not at all tough. Sometimes it pays to be rather anal about how you wrap stuff for the freezer.
Liz




 

Aug 3, 2022 - 3:46:03 PM

slammer

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Thanks for taking one for the team you guys. This is good information to know. If it were me, and I had it all thawed out, I would have cut off the freezer burn part and cooked the rest. I’m glad this meat did not go to waste, other than the fact that I was not invited!!! I would imagine between the two of you, the options for leftovers are unlimited. Enjoy!!!
Slammer!!!

Aug 3, 2022 - 3:49:28 PM
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slammer

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I’ve done some 3 year old fish packed in water and frozen that had a few spots of freezer burn that I cut off.
Breaded and fried, nobody would have ever known that it wasn’t caught the day before!!!
If it looks OK, and doesn’t stink, I say eat it!!!
Slammer!!!

Aug 3, 2022 - 4:49:52 PM
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STUD

USA

36217 posts since 3/5/2008

Same here..
If we served it to you.. without telling you...
You would've never knowen...

Aug 3, 2022 - 4:56:39 PM

STUD

USA

36217 posts since 3/5/2008

put a little Montreal season in on it the night before n in the smoker it went...
The grill in the smoker was up high..
N..wood plus some cowboy coals.. applewood..n one piece of hickory wood..

Thermometer said just past rare but not quite medrare..

RB sammichs tammara...

Aug 3, 2022 - 5:43:30 PM
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151 posts since 1/28/2017

If it looks OK, and doesn’t stink, I say eat it!!!
Slammer!!!


That' s what I said about the last 3 possums we found on the road. After all a possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road.

Rich

Aug 4, 2022 - 12:03:13 PM

MoPac

USA

12639 posts since 6/14/2007

quote:
Originally posted by STUD

Same here..
If we served it to you.. without telling you...
You would've never knowen...


And I wouldn't complain either.   

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