how long can you keep frozen chicken?
- christine Sep 11, 2003 11:51 AM
question: grocery-store chicken, not organic, thrown in the freezer when you get home. how long is it good and when should you throw it away?
re: Linda W.
And 6 months is assuming that you have removed it from the package it came in, carefully wrapped it properly for freezing, and kept it at or below 0°F. If you just toss it in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator in the package it came in, it's likely to be pretty unappetizing within a month or so, due to freezer burn.
Is there any particular reason you want to keep chicken in your freezer? I try never to freeze any kind of protein--fish, meat, chicken--because I find that thawed protein just does not have anywhere near as much taste as fresh food.
Also, the thing to remember is that self-defrosting refrigerators blow warm air into the freezer compartment in order to keep them frost-free. It's not much warm air, and it doesn't last very long, but even a few seconds of it, done repeatedly, probably results in deterioration of the outer layer of any protein. I suspect that if you wrapped your chicken really well--say, 2 or 3 layers--it would undoubtedly last much longer.