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Old 02-22-10, 08:43 PM   #1
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Will I die if I eat this?

Guess I lost track of time... I bought some ground beef for a lasagna but didn't had time to make it that same day so I place it in the freezer. Today I was going to use it but the label says "buy before 2/2/2010". It has been on freezer all the time but... is it good or should I trow it away?
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cook it then as it's cooking smell it,if the smell is off, feed it to the dog next door ,smells okay then eat it. Dogs can handle slightly off meat no problem
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should be fine.

the bacteria that spoils food, makes it smell bad or taste funny, is not harmful if ingested.

the killer bacterias don't really make any difference in taste.
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Silly Question, of course you will die like all of us.


Not likely from the beef though.
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I'd eat it.
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Smell it. When meat goes bad, you'll know. If it smells OK (or just slightly funny smelling), you're fine.

Trust your senses more than dates. Sometimes things go bad before the expiry date. Often, they last long afterwards.
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Where I buy meat, it has a "sell by" date and a "cook or freeze by" date. If you bought it by the date given, and it's been frozen since, there should be no problem. As with all ground meat, it should be cooked "well done". With steaks and such, you can get away with "rare" because the potentially harmful germs are on the outside, and are killed by even "rare" cooking...but with ground meat, anything bad has been mixed through the meat, and it takes more thorough cooking to kill it all.
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I went to this homeless lot thing and got a free meal and they gave me a bag of chips that were a month and a week old. Stale but somewhat good hahahaa.
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only a few weeks past the date and in the freezer all the time. totally safe. i've had meat several months past the date that was found at the bottom of the freezer.
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It would be safe, frozen, as much as a year past the "Sell By" date, as long as it was well sealed and no freezer burn.
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i really must ensure the freezer is closed at all times. i'm sure that meat tasted somewhat feline.
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Typically old frozen meat doesn't go "bad" - i.e. become unsafe to eat since bacteria will not develop in low temperatures. The problem is the meat just breaks down after awhile and doesn't taste good - especially if the freezer is not all that clean (you know it gets that freezer smell). Old frozen meat is perfectly safe to eat - but do you want to... that's the question. BTW it ain't that old - it should be fine.
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he hasn't responded. i'm a bit worried we done him in.

speak to us, ruben! are you ok?
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He's a goner.
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Old 02-23-10, 08:57 AM   #18
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lol... *raises hand* I'm here....

Haven't made the meat yet. It's still freaking frozen... gonna have to microwave it a bit.
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You're still around?? I was gonna take in the kids... Let it thaw out in the hot sun.
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I'd cook it but let the dog eat it, considering how bad his canned dog food smells and looks. And he has no problems eating that.
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You're still around?? I was gonna take in the kids... Let it thaw out in the hot sun.
I would but I haven't seen that guy since November.
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If it went into the freezer the day (or day after) you bought it then it will be fine. The Girl and I buy family-pack bulks of things like ground beef, or an entire pork loin which I'll butcher into chops and roasts; and everything gets vac-packed and put into the freezer. Food can be in the freezer for months and it will still be OK. If you want it to be in the best condition, though, you should get a vacuum sealer; you'll avoid freezer burn (ice-crystallization which ruins food consistency) by vac-packing things.
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Wheatley says if you need to ask that meat is no longer safe for human consumption, feed it to the dog.

If you don't ask he says to be safe have the dog test about half of it first.

Wheatley is a very good dog except for being a bit of a pig.
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You can always try tasting a chunk of it before wasting your time cooking it. No point cooking it if it's already gone bad.






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Guess I lost track of time... I bought some ground beef for a lasagna but didn't had time to make it that same day so I place it in the freezer. Today I was going to use it but the label says "buy before 2/2/2010". It has been on freezer all the time but... is it good or should I trow it away?
It is still good. I have eaten a lot of stuff that has long been expired, including Power bars. Oh yes, I have even eaten a Turkey that was in the freezer for about 6-7 years.
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