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Old 02-22-2008, 09:20 AM   #31
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Here's a hint about using older meats...cook them in some sort of sauce, which will improve the flavor. Tomato sauce works especially well.
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Old 02-22-2008, 09:55 AM   #32
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Someone should make a poll: Would you eat a 2 year old frozen chicken breast or not. I'd be interested in the results.

Mozart, I get your point.....in fact, that was my angle on the last discussion we had.
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:17 AM   #33
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Properly wrapped or vacuum sealed, chicken (or any other meat) can last for a very long time in the freezer, especially if it's not a frost-free freezer. Store packaging has significant air spaces under the wrapper and that is where freezer burn occurs. That is why it is very improtant to rewrap foods before freezing. I'd eat a properly packaged chicken breast that's been in a (not frost-free) freezer for two years.
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:12 AM   #34
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The chicken is perfectly safe to eat but the quality has degraded, perhaps significantly.

Whether you would enjoy eating that chicken or not is really the question at hand.

I'm with Constance. I'd cook the chicken and then combine it with some kind of tasty sauce and other ingredients in a casserole or enchilada or something like that and not risk serving it "naked."
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:21 AM   #35
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While many talk about thawing in the refrigerator, I don't see many doing it. Mainly, it is a timing issue. You have to remember to take it out of the freezer a couple of days before you want to cook it. How many busy people really plan their meals days in advance?
I do!
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:36 AM   #36
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Can I ask something here.....
What if it had freezer burn?
I just picked up some chicken wings on sale a few weeks ago and looked today and freezer burn is starting to move in. They are in the original bag.
Should I have taken them out and stuck them in a foodsaver bag after I bought them?
the original wrappings meat comes in from the market are not freezer safe. The best way to store them "for later" is to remove the original wrappings and rewrap in freezer paper, then into a freezer-safe storage bag. If you use a food saver, be sure your bags are freezer-safe.
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:12 PM   #37
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I do!
Susi,

At 10:52 on the "Dinner, Friday, FEB 22" Thread you said:

"I think Fettucini Alfredo and a salad. Or turkey tetrazzini. I'm in an -ini kinda mood today. :)

I guess it's a loose plan, eh?
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pre-cooked frozen meat.
Yep. loose plan. Rules don't apply to dinner plans, I have small children.
My point was that when I plan on using a large piece of meat I thaw in in the fridge, and I use it weather I decide on a specific dish or not. I plan ahead on the use of the meat, not the recipe.
I can't believe I am now defending my dinner plans.
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:29 PM   #39
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LOL - That was a little creepy.
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:32 PM   #40
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pre-cooked frozen meat.
Yep. loose plan. Rules don't apply to dinner plans, I have small children.
My point was that when I plan on using a large piece of meat I thaw in in the fridge, and I use it weather I decide on a specific dish or not. I plan ahead on the use of the meat, not the recipe.
I can't believe I am now defending my dinner plans.
Good grief! Dinner Plans??? They are meant to be changed. And often.

I've gone from making beef stew to coq au vin to chicken marsala in my head, all this morning.

But after the chili sauce thread I've decided to make OL BLUE'S MEATLOAF!

Or tettrazini? Or alfredo? Hmmmmmmm........
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