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Old 02-19-2009, 06:58 PM   #1
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Frozen Chicken....how long till it's bad

I purchased a pound or so of chicken parts with a sell by date of Jan 25th, placed it in the freezer on or slightly before that date and have forgotten about it. I took it down yesterday and put it in the fridge to thaw, so I'm guessing it is nice and thawed by now. Is it still good? Been frozen for a few weeks now.

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Old 02-19-2009, 07:15 PM   #2
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I have chicken in my freezer that I bought in November. As long as there's no freezer burn, it's fine; and with it being less than a month old, I can almost guarantee from 3000 miles away that there's no freezer burn yet. :)
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:24 PM   #3
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Good good good. Now, what to make with it. ;)
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:25 PM   #4
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Oh goodness - it's definitely still good. And you know, even if it did have some freezer burn, it'd still be fine to eat; the quality would have suffered, but not the safety.
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:26 PM   #5
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I have some chicken that I bought on sale.. I will be making chicken parm with it tonight and freezing it for future meals. Pop it in the oven!
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:29 PM   #6
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Good good good. Now, what to make with it. ;)
You want easy or hard? You can always do the quick route and just dump a can or two of cream of mushroom on it and let it cook for 40 minutes (assuming it's parts with bone not boneless skinless).

Okay, I've got nothing after the cream of mushroom tonight. I couldn't think straight to make my own food tonight and sent my DD out for take out Italian. Sorry, wish I was feeling creative, I'm usually pretty good with chicken.
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:00 PM   #7
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Your chicken will be just fine. I've kept it longer than that.

It doesn't spoil in the freezer, but after 8-10 months, it starts getting a freezer taste. Turkey is the same way. That doesn't mean it's spoiled...it just won't taste as good.

What to do with it? I'd love it fried.
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:36 PM   #8
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I'll put a whole frozen chicken in the slow cooker -- thawing enough to get the goodies out of the cavity first -- add some seasoning and let it do its thing on LOW for 8-10 hours. Great chicken and lots of liquid for a future soup and bones for stock.
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I'll put a whole frozen chicken in the slow cooker -- thawing enough to get the goodies out of the cavity first -- add some seasoning and let it do its thing on LOW for 8-10 hours. Great chicken and lots of liquid for a future soup and bones for stock.
According to the USDA, frozen chicken should not be cooked in a slow cooker.

Focus On: Chicken

This is because uneven heating can occur that would leave the food in the danger zone for more than 4 hours in a crockpot. This would more likely occur on the low setting.

While thorough cooking would eventually kill Salmonella bacteria, Staph bacteria present on the Chicken could possibly produce enough toxin to cause illness.
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I've cooked frozen chicken in a crock pot for over 25 years. Sorry but there are certain things I think they tell us because they "think" something might-possibly-maybe-in-one-in-a-million cookings might make someone who's really sensitive sick. I just don't buy it. I'll take life long experience over a short term study.
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