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Old 09-24-2008, 02:11 AM   #1
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OAMC Freezing Questions

I have a bunch of various food items in my freezer and I'm wondering if they have been there too long. I have a cooked banana bread that's been there for about a year and a cooked turkey meatloaf that's also been in there a year. I have uncooked frozen turkey burgers in there as well. Which (if any) of those should I toss? And in general, what's the guideline and how long things can stay in the freezer? Thanks.

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Old 09-24-2008, 02:18 AM   #2
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I suppose it depends on many different factors, especially the meat.
I would say, simply, thaw it out... if it is discolored or smells iffy get rid of it.
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:20 AM   #3
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I tend to leave things in the freezer longer than the guidelines say to, but even I think a year is too long for the things you mentioned. I would toss all the things you mentioned. Off-hand I can't remember the guidelines for how long to leave things in the freezer, but a search of the site should yield results.

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Old 09-24-2008, 02:22 AM   #4
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Thanks to both of you. I think I'll toss the cooked food that's been in the freezer for a year and quickly eat up the uncooked turkey burgers.
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:28 AM   #5
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I'm going to assume OAMC = Once A Month Cooking?

If the food was kept at 0F - it is still safe to eat .... but quality has declined. Here is the chart from the FDA.
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:37 AM   #6
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That was really helpful, Michael. Thanks.
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