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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?

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    Linda W. RE: christine Sep 11, 2003 12:11 PM

    Usually not more than 6 months. Here's a link to a freezer storage chart.

    Link: http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/Rockfor...

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    1. re: Linda W.
      John Kent RE: Linda W. Sep 11, 2003 01:05 PM

      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.

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        Linda W. RE: John Kent Sep 11, 2003 02:55 PM

        Good point. I always rewrap stuff going into a freezer, so I wasn't think about not doing so.

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      Howard-2 RE: christine Sep 11, 2003 07:14 PM

      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.

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