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    Default How long can a roast be frozen and still safe to eat?

    Or is it safe for a long time and just the texture which goes "off?"

    I found a roast at the bottom of my freezer and it is 19 months old!!!!!! I am so upset that I lost it in there. It was amongst my chard and rhubarb, my least used area.... LOL. But I am really choked about wasting that meat. ... Is it still safe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollyhill View Post
    Or is it safe for a long time and just the texture which goes "off?"

    I found a roast at the bottom of my freezer and it is 19 months old!!!!!! I am so upset that I lost it in there. It was amongst my chard and rhubarb, my least used area.... LOL. But I am really choked about wasting that meat. ... Is it still safe?
    It will FOR SURE be safe...........you didn't say if it was beef or pork.....but either way...........the fat will POSSIBLY taste 'funny/off' after it is cooked...........and unless horribly 'dried out' from freezer burn.........it will be okay.......(didn't say great.......but okay)

    I would cook it........with lots of FLAVORED liquid (think beef broth or bouillon cubes).........and BEFORE cooking-- cut what ever fat off it that you can (in case it does taste off).............only the stuff on the outside.

    Give it a try...........think I would also cook it alone........and not with a bunch of other goodies.

    I would sure try cooking it before you just tossed it..........

    I asked about beef or pork because IMO pork goes bad faster than beef. By "goes bad" I mean tastes 'off'.........when old.

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    i would give it a try as well. like frugal franny said, i would add beef bouillon cubes, gravy master or something to enhance the flavor. ( i am assuming it is beef.)

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    If it is beef,thick and not freezer burned I might try it. But pork I might treat my dogs.

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    I'd eat it & if it was a beef roast I'd put it in the crock with the equivilant of a pkg. of brown gravy mix and cook it in my crockpot. I don't add water.

    Pork? I'd cook it like this.

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    When I was newlywed a friend that was a cattle rancher would give us their beef from their freezer when it was a year old they wouldn't eat it after a year in the freezer but they gave it to us and we would eat it within the year. I'm still alive.


    meat also last longer in a frost freezer than in a automatic defrost freezer
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    I've found 3-year-old frozen beef in my freezer before. We ate it and it didn't make us sick. It tasted fine. Of course, it was really well wrapped up.

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    We haven't died or got sick from 2 year old frozen beef. Two years is our normal butchering cycle, 'cause it takes us two years to eat a cow.

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    Other than being dry - no problem. Probably should braise it though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greebo View Post
    Other than being dry - no problem. Probably should braise it though.
    or cook it in the crockpot and wet method would be good
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    I agree with op's if it isn't freezer burned, then try it. I'd cook it very slowly to make it tender or add some beer, some onion soup mix and any spices you usually cook with a roast. Let us know how it turns out. Better to try it and it not be good than not try it and it be good. KWIM.

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    Here's an interesting read on the subject -
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    i vote w/ the others for a crockpot roast or shredded beef of some sort. maybe roast, onions, garlic and some chillic sauce? and then shred and served on buns? or maybe the roast w/ pepperocini and the liquid and some garlic and served over egg noodles or spinach fettucinni?

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    It should be fine. I would go the crock pot route, or use it cubed in a large pot of stew.

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    lparker. You made me think of Walt and Joel on Northern Exposure. Anyone remember that show. Walt cooked the wooly mammoth/mastedon into steaks. Joel thought he had an amazing find and he goes back to find Walt BBQ-ing.

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