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Trader Joe's FROZEN grass-fed beef (how old is it likely to be?)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 12, 2012 at 3:36 PM

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

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on June 14, 2012
at 05:19 AM

I've never seen grassfed at my TJ either. Maybe I'll look harder next time I go.

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on June 13, 2012
at 01:25 PM

great info, thanks!

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on June 12, 2012
at 05:01 PM

It's an actual fishy smell/taste from the meat itself. Supposedly it's formation of trimethylamine from breakdown of trimethylamine oxide in the meat. If you've ever experienced it, you'd know what I was talking about. It's not harmful, but it's not pleasant either.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on June 12, 2012
at 04:28 PM

@Kelly, by fishy do you mean spoiled beef smell, or actually smelling like fish (like it was in the same cargo container as frozen salmon?). I do agree that turnover is high at TJ's, so it's probably not a concern.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on June 12, 2012
at 04:27 PM

The reason I'm asking is I'm aiming to get beef with the lowest himstamines. Histamines happen as protein ages (spoils). I'd be nervous about farmer market stuff (over ice). I was excited to find frozen beef at TJ's. I'd be less excited if it was 9 months old before I got it.

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on June 12, 2012
at 04:22 PM

Also - if you live in Philly, I *guarantee* there are farmer's markets with fresher grassfed beef! Eastern PA is *loaded* with great farms.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on June 12, 2012
at 04:21 PM

No harm in asking a manager. Maybe you won't get the 100% truth, but it's worth a shot. TJs strikes me as the kind of place that wouldn't try to pull the wool over your eyes.

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on June 12, 2012
at 04:21 PM

Is it imported? TJ's by me pretty much all meat is from Australia.

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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).

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on June 13, 2012
at 01:25 PM

great info, thanks!

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F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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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.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on June 12, 2012
at 04:28 PM

@Kelly, by fishy do you mean spoiled beef smell, or actually smelling like fish (like it was in the same cargo container as frozen salmon?). I do agree that turnover is high at TJ's, so it's probably not a concern.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 12, 2012
at 05:01 PM

It's an actual fishy smell/taste from the meat itself. Supposedly it's formation of trimethylamine from breakdown of trimethylamine oxide in the meat. If you've ever experienced it, you'd know what I was talking about. It's not harmful, but it's not pleasant either.

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C4be8ea1ed3a51de8875877054a48112

on June 13, 2012
at 03:26 AM

I couldn't find grassfed at either of 'my' TJ's in suburban Chicago. Frozen or not...

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on June 14, 2012
at 05:19 AM

I've never seen grassfed at my TJ either. Maybe I'll look harder next time I go.

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