Assuming I pick a pack from the top of the pile in the freezer section in the retail store,
How old (from date of slaughter) is it likely to be?
(My trader joe's in philly is insanely busy 7 days/week).
Is frozen beef the kind of product that might be sitting in a warehouse for 6 months before it hits the store?
Just curious, Thanks, Mike
asked byCaveMan_Mike (3275)
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on June 13, 2012
at 03:41 AM
FSIS allows companies to keep frozen meats indefinitely according to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Focus_On_Freezing/index.asp
I would say it's a matter of TJ's own policies for how long it is actually kept once purchased. It all depends on the company- if they base their product by a packaging date or by a best by date.
Meat can be kept for a long time if kept at or below zero degrees. Factors like packaging are what I would be looking at- if it's wrapped well or vacuum sealed it's probably okay. I have eaten 2 year old grass fed beef from a freezer kept at negative temps and it was just fine.
Not much help here- but at least it's some fuel for asking TJ's about their meat producer policies. I have a hard time purchasing meat from TJs because they don't seem interested in local producers (just my two cents).
on June 12, 2012
at 04:16 PM
Interesting. My TJs sells their grass-fed beef in the meat case (not frozen). I have noticed a few times that it has that fishy smell that means it hasn't been kept cold enough. I wish they sold it frozen instead.
That being said, if other stores are selling it "fresh" I don't think it can be that old. My local store sells out regularly so I know turnover is high.