I just got an email from a customer asking:
A few months ago, I bought two packges of your lamb rib roast and one package of lamb loin roast at Good Cheap Food, the date on the packages is 11/29/11. I’ve kept the meat in the freezer of my refrigerator. Does it have a freezer-life? Thank you.
And I wrote in a long vinded answer:
Hi. It is save to eat no matter how long it is in the freezer. We try to keep our freezers at -10 F or lower to keep it as fresh as possible (we are only talking taste and appearance here). I understand pork does not keep as well taste vise. This is the USDA info on this, maybe you find that helpful.
Our meat is frozen at the butcher and that’s how we pick it up. We then store it in our freezers and try to keep them, as I said, below -10 F. In the beginning, we were not keeping the freezers as cold and I think maybe it affected the taste of the pork
Hard to know though, maybe the butcher didn’t do it right, I love getting feedback, we are trying to do this as well as possible but mistakes are made. I think frozen meat is safer and better, frozen before it leaves the plant and less change of spoilage. One thing though, I wish the butcher would flash freeze the meat, I don’t like the way they do it, put the bags in a box and then into the freezer, takes longer to freeze that way. Something to work on. Best Ingimundur
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