how long can a chicken last in the freezer???

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by MyPetsMakeMeBreakfast, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. MyPetsMakeMeBreakfast

    MyPetsMakeMeBreakfast Out Of The Brooder

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    The tilte says it all.
     
  2. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's alive...not very long! [​IMG]

    But I'm guessing you mean butchered. I think it depends a lot on how it has been packaged. If you have one of those shrink-wrap machines that suck all the air out and use a thick plastic, they can avoid freezer burn for a much longer time.
     
  3. MyPetsMakeMeBreakfast

    MyPetsMakeMeBreakfast Out Of The Brooder

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    Oops! I mean butchered. LOL!! [​IMG]
     
  4. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking the exact same thing. Sorry.
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  5. vsmenagerie

    vsmenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    It depends upon how well it is wrapped. Not chicken, but I notice that turkey goes off in flavor after about a year.
     
  7. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A YEAR? Sorry, that's nasty.

    I never keep any frozen meat longer than 3-4 months, tops. After that, it starts getting strong-flavored and all "freezer-y"/
     
  8. homesteadapps

    homesteadapps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A good deep freezer with temps around 0 degrees Fahrenheit and meat that is packaged well can last a year without off tastes.

    Just do as much as you can to prevent freezer burn --keeping air off the meat, etc...
     
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  9. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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    In a regular deep freeze that doesn't have a defrost cycle - easily a year or more (as long as it's packaged well).

    In a frost free type, even if it's packaged well, a few months tops. I don't keep meat in our fridge freezer as it's a frost free, so I can't say for sure. The defrosting cycle will thaw the top bit of meat and refreeze it over and over, and freezerburn is inevitable after a few months. That's where you end up with funky meat (and anything else that is in there for a couple months).
     
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  10. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

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    Same, if you've got a chest freezer and vaccumm sealer (and if you're really going to do all your own meat birds, it's totally worth the costs here) you can get a year. Thrick is you put all the time and effort into growing it, don't cheap out on the storing it. A house freezer ontop of a fridge unit? maybe 3 months.
     

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