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How long is frozen chicken good for?

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Answered 2012-05-26 00:13:08

I would not freeze any meat longer than six months for best results. Freezer burn is a result of moisture and slowly dries out the product while accumulating frost in the process. Most forms of home storing unless using "cryovac" or an air tight/vacuum sealed process will result in freezer burn over time. The shorter the time frozen, the fresher it will taste. A suggestion for home freezing is to pre-marinate the meat for a few hours in the refrigerator while in the bag before placing it in the freezer. Don't freeze the product in the package you purchased it in unless it is air tight. The trays and stretch film used is thick but very porous and will induce freezer burn. Rinse all fowl before using. If the chicken comes with wrap already I usually cover it in tin foil as well to prevent freezer burn. Freezer burn will show light brown spots on the skin of the chicken. Although it won't hurt you it's best to add something that will give it a kick such as a glaze before taking it out of the oven. Chickens and other meats can be left in the freezer for up to 1 year. If it's in there 2 years it's still OK to eat, but it may be tasteless. Also, you can defrost chicken, cook it well and if you have any left over you can re-freeze it. This applies to roasts, and stews. 1 year 365 days - white meat 180 days - dark meat Dark meat has about 5-7% fat content which will turn ( white meat 2-3%)

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