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How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« on: February 07, 2017, 04:10:24 PM »
My cow has been in the freezer coming up on two years. I was thinking about making some jerky soon only because i'm not really sure how long I can keep it in there? Thanks in advance.
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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2017, 04:12:20 PM »
Wrapped or vacuum packed? If vacuum packed it would still be good till this fall for sure. Wrapped, would probably have some freezer burn, but still be good for jerky.
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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2017, 05:01:05 PM »
I overlooked some Mule deer in the bottom of my chest freezer. It was 2 1/2 plus years old. I was worried it would be ruined, but I thawed some steaks out and cooked them up. They were fine so I took the remainder and added it to my pepperoni batch for this year.  I was relieved I didn't waste any, I think you'll be fine

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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2017, 05:02:46 PM »
Two years is nothing if it's wrapped properly. I'd only begin the get concerned when you get near 4 years.

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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2017, 05:06:18 PM »
Cooked some up a few years back that was three years. No discernible difference
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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2017, 05:06:25 PM »
I've recently found some elk in the back of the freezer from 2011. Those steaks tasted just fine...no freezer burn whatsoever. We wrap it in plastic wrap then butcher paper over that. And our freezer is not the frost free type. :twocents:
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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2017, 05:10:31 PM »
I would think that after two years it would be dead. :dunno:
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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2017, 05:11:40 PM »
It should be fine.  If you are worried about it, we should make some pepperoni sticks out of it.  You need to taste my last batch of spicy pepperjack!!!!!  It is divine...

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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2017, 05:23:38 PM »
If the freezer temperature has been kept at around zero or colder it can go several years without problem.
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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2017, 05:30:05 PM »
I would think that after two years it would be dead. :dunno:

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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2017, 05:48:16 PM »
Just recently found a elk roast dated 2012 and my wife wanted to throw it out, I wasn't going for it.
 Thawed it out and it was fine.  :tup:
 Totally depends on how its wrapped.
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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2017, 05:49:39 PM »
I've recently found some elk in the back of the freezer from 2011. Those steaks tasted just fine...no freezer burn whatsoever. We wrap it in plastic wrap then butcher paper over that. And our freezer is not the frost free type. :twocents:
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We did vacuum seal one elk two years ago and it is actually getting freezer burned.  The packages cracked from the cold and getting banged around in the freezer.  We went back to plastic wrap and then butcher paper for everything.

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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2017, 06:38:47 PM »
We wrap in paper than vacuum seal.  I have eaten some that was over 3 years old with no complaints.

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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2017, 08:07:15 PM »
I've had vac packed meat that was seven years old, but on a regular basis eat it three years old. Sometimes you need to trim a little freezer burn, but it always tastes fine.  I no longer cut into steaks before freezing as it leaves too many edges to freezer burn.

I had a chunk of marlin that was ten years old, saran wrapped then in a baggie, it was fine as well.  :rolleyes:   :chuckle:

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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2017, 08:34:06 PM »
Yup, I've ate 5 yer old meat that was wrapped very well or vacuum sealed and it was fine.  I now vacuum seal everything.  I also leave it in as large of chunks as possible.  I also leave the silver skin on loins and trim when eating, for an extra layer of protection.
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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2017, 11:30:49 PM »
When you say "my cow has been in the freezer for two years",
You talking the whole cow or just a few pounds?? Elk is better than beef, can't believe it's lasted that long.

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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2017, 05:00:26 AM »
Depends on the wrap and the freezer. Most commercial cold storages house tens of millions of pound of seafood at any given time, they say it will last indefinitely as the rooms are kept at around -5 or so. That fish sandwich you ate at the drive through could be ten years old or older.

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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2017, 07:32:34 AM »
To start off with, freezer burned or not, it wont hurt you physically.  Studies do say that some of the nutritional value can be degraded over time.  Of course the amount of air that gets to it seems to do the most damage and that is why vacuum packing or wrapping in plastic bag and squeezing out the air along with butcher paper seem to help the freshness of it and the overall look and taste.  I like many of you eat meat up to two years old and then if I still have it after that it goes to jerky and sausage of some kind. you should be fine!
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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2017, 08:31:00 AM »
I would think that after two years it would be dead. :dunno:

The problem is more in convincing it to get in the freezer in the first place.

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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2017, 10:03:00 AM »
I would think that after two years it would be dead. :dunno:

The problem is more in convincing it to get in the freezer in the first place.
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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2017, 11:37:45 AM »
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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2017, 11:43:17 AM »
Frost free - not so long

Deep Freeze, manual defrost - a long long time

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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2017, 11:57:21 AM »
Just cooked a 2009 elk roast last night.  Just cut off and trimmed the touch of freezer burn in a few places and seasoned well. 

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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2017, 01:02:41 PM »
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Re: How long can Elk go in a freezer?
« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2017, 03:12:29 PM »
Freezer burn is already partially jerkied, right?

 

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