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Apr 2, 2014 04:11 PM

5lb Beef for Stew - in deep freeze - for almost 5 years! YIKES!

who would still use it and how? I hope not to throw it out - found it on the bottom of freezer - about $16.00 worth. HELP please!

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    1. re: weezieduzzit

      In it's original packaging from Costco.

      1. re: smilingal

        As much as I hate waste I'd guess that's got some pretty bad freezer burn.

    2. sunk cost.

      you spent that money 5 years ago. i would not toss good money after bad on this. sorry.

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      1. re: hotoynoodle

        me, too -- things do begin to lose taste/texture after long periods of time -- and they can pick up off flavors from other things that have been in the freezer.

        The money issue is a non-issue -- I'm sure you bought clothes 5 years ago for $16 that have already been tossed in the trash...this is no different.

        It's not about safety -- it's that I don't want to spend more money (wine, veggies, etc) and time and effort to try to make something edible that probably just plain doesn't taste all that great any more.

      2. If you look at the meat - still frozen - and it has whitish patches on it, it's probably freezer burned. But if it looks ok, all normal coloured, I would defrost and use it in a highly flavoured concoction - like a curry or a long-simmered stew with plenty of red wine and whatnot. You can also just cook it and chop it up for dog food, if you have a dog. Or give it to someone who has a dog. A shame to throw out meat when it can actually be of some use, even if just pet food.

        Lots of time the stuff at the bottom of a deep chest freezer stays in surprisingly good shape, even frozen for a long time, because there's no temperature fluctuations down there. I've made some surprising discoveries in mine, many of which were entirely edible way past any imagined best-before date.

        1. If it makes you feel any better, last week I discovered 5 year old turkey sausage at the bottom of my freezer. I knew the age from the sell-by date on the original packaging. There were a lot of ice crystals in the interior. I pitched it without a 2nd thought. Could not imagine that it would have any flavor left.

          1. Throwing the beef out now is roughly equivalent to having thrown a penny in the street every day for the last five years. Let it go.