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    Old deer meat?

    how old is too old?

    i just took inventory and all i have left is a few 06 steaks and such and alot of 04 and 05 stuff



    bow my question is, is 04 and 05 too old to make jerky? or just pitch it?


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    throw that stuff out, a year is the longest i would keep anything and attempt to eat it

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    If it aint freezer burnt and its wrapped good eat it.

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    Yep!

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    If it aint freezer burnt and its wrapped good eat it.
    It won't be burnt if it was wrapped good, and well frozen.
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    I did not shoot a deer last year '06 but i just finished my meat from the three i got in '05. No problems.

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    When in doubt throw it out. Depending how it was packaged will determine how long it will keep. Vacuum sealed items last a lot longer in the freezer. The freezer paper and plastic wrap method is good for about six months. Vacuum sealed items will last 1 to 3 years depending on whether its ground meat or select cuts.

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    I don't hardly give mine a chance to freezer burn. It is usually gone within a year. Even when I kill several...

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    The nose knows,as long as it passes the smell test it's good to go.

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    I don't keep them more than a year. It kind of reminded me to check my freezer. I might still have some left from last season. Next week our hunting season starts.
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    A buddy took some goose and duck in to the processor to get snack sticks and summer sausage made. Some of his stuff was 3-5 years old. The processor threw out the bad stuff and used the rest. Very little was thrown out.

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    Dude, if it doesn't have freezer burn, easy to spot by very dry light colored areas, chow down. We just cooked some backstrap my dad had in his freezer since 05, and it was great.

    I know, I know who would leave backstrap around that long

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    I had some dove that was shot in 2003. It was still juicy and tender.

    If it's wrapped well and not freezer burned, go for it.

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    I respectfully disagree.

    Quote Originally Posted by fliowa View Post
    When in doubt throw it out. Depending how it was packaged will determine how long it will keep. Vacuum sealed items last a lot longer in the freezer. The freezer paper and plastic wrap method is good for about six months. Vacuum sealed items will last 1 to 3 years depending on whether its ground meat or select cuts.
    Based on my actual experience, properly wrapped meat will last at least 3 years. If you thaw it and it looks the same as , when you wrapped it , eat it.
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    If it has always stayed frozen and isn't freezer burned, it is fine.

    If I could find a woolly mammoth without freezer burn, I would thaw it out and cut off a big steak!
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    I use a vacum sealer and even though it is very rare meat lasts a year I would through it out after 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elkkat View Post
    Based on my actual experience, properly wrapped meat will last at least 3 years. If you thaw it and it looks the same as , when you wrapped it , eat it.
    I agree. I have had venison (that I butchered/packed) in my freezer for 3-4 years before using. No problem. Even if the edges get a little freezer burned, I just trim back to good color/texture and cook away.

    It takes too much time, energy, and money to fill my freezer so I can't justify tossing meat after a year just because. That's just wasting good meat.

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    huh

    Quote Originally Posted by sullyxlh View Post
    The nose knows,as long as it passes the smell test it's good to go.
    we talking about the same thing.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by OHbowhntr08 View Post
    how old is too old?

    i just took inventory and all i have left is a few 06 steaks and such and alot of 04 and 05 stuff

    bow my question is, is 04 and 05 too old to make jerky? or just pitch it?
    freezer life off about any mammal meat is 6 months, still edible after that but flavor suffers. mine is usually gone by end of spring.

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    It is illegal in my state to have deer meat in your freezer that is older than 1 year. When the new year season starts you are supposed to dispose of it.

    Just another great PA game law we have here................
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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishMike View Post
    It is illegal in my state to have deer meat in your freezer that is older than 1 year. When the new year season starts you are supposed to dispose of it.

    Just another great PA game law we have here................
    & how are they to know what you have in your freezer?
    Do they come by & take a peek of your inventory each season to verrify?

    I've just had some Loin that was from a 2005 Hunt "actually from october 18 2005" & it was still good & tasty.
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    If it is freezer burnt it will make a nice bait pile to shoot coyotes over.

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    I used to work at a meat market, Wild Game is good as long as it have been frozen and not freezer burnt for a couple years with out a problem. if the place were you had it processed at is a good place then it should be wrapped good and the meet from 03 should still be good, like i said as long as it has not been thawed and then refrozen

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    When my family moved we found some of my uncles elk that was about 5 or 6 years old waaaaay back in the freezer, fried it up and couldnt tell the difference. I say eat it.
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    Thaw it, check for freezer burn. Trim any bad spots, then proceed with the jerky process.

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