Frozen Meat

by Bill O.
(Charleston,S C)

Frozen Moose Meat

Frozen Moose Meat

Frozen Moose Meat

Had someone give me some frozen moose chops and steaks about 7 months ago.


Didn't pay attention until yesterday when looking in the freezer for some meat that the packages were dated 2011.

My son had gotten several packs shipped to him overnight from Alaska about a year ago. He made some pasta sauce and some chili with the ground and it was ok. I'm guessing all of it was packaged at the same time. This stuff is wrapped really good in butchers paper.

I know nothing about moose.

What are your suggestions about this? Would you chance eating it or toss out?

What should I be looking for as far as smell and color?
Thanks

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Apr 04, 2016
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Could be
by: Anonymous

It would be a shame had I killed the moose. Some one gave the meat to me and I didn't notice the date on the package until recently.

Apr 04, 2016
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RE: What a shame
by: Bill

If you had paid attention to my original post you would have seen that I said some one had given me the meat. Any game that I kill is eaten within one year. I have a daughter that helps me eat it very quickly. She even sneaks in the freezer some times and takes stuff to her house.

Apr 03, 2016
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What a shame
by: Anonymous

if you are going to kill the moose
Do him the service and honor to eat him

....embarrassing behavior

I'm a cook, I'm not against killing the animal
But have done honor and thank the animal by
Cooking well the meat

What a shame !

Feb 20, 2016
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NO FREEZER BURN - 4 YEARS
by: Anonymous

A butcher shop asked me once IF I process my own moose meat.... ABSOLUTELY!!!

He then asked me how I cut the animal up... I explained that I de-bone everything, AND I separate ALL muscle groups...cleaning up all bubble meat, sinew, veins, and glands...

In this process I grade my cuts or chunks into what will be trim and/or steaks. I bag ALL my trim UNTIL I need to grind it (an amount) into burger.

ALL my steaks/roasts are DOUBLE WRAPPED.... By this I mean wrapping the meat with plastic wrap first (very-tight multiple wraps) then wrapping with good quality meat wrapping paper... Naturally, the butcher very sarcastically commented back that I did not know how to cut up Moose. I asked him how he cuts and wraps moose... Just like beef....

I am guessing that’s why it freezer burns in less than 6-months
I try and rotate my freezers EVERY year...but at times I miss a few packages.
I have un-wrapped moose meat FOUR YEARS OLD....!!!!
AND ABSOLUTELY NO FREEZER BURN.....!!!!! Remember, DOUBLE – WRAP... First with plastic wrap, then with meat wrapping paper...

Oh, and if you can get it into the freezer quickly to ensure NO bleed though the paper... If this happens, RE-wrap with new meat wrapping paper....


Cheers to all..

My suggestion to people...wrap your own Moose meat... as often most butchers will NOT take the time (nor have the time) to process you moose properly. Further, it will cost you a small fortune...

Feb 08, 2016
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Re moose meat
by: Anonymous

Thanks Mark and Robbie! I took the tape loose and pulled the paper back some. Opened just enough to see a little bit of the meat. It looks dark to me but not burnt. Again, I only opened just a little bit. I've never seen or eaten moose but have had my share of white tailed deer.

Feb 08, 2016
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Eat it all
by: Anonymous

Thaw half way, with a sharp knife trim off what looks like freezer burn, the lighter color meat.
Next cube the meat in 1/2 in cubes, with some oil of your choice, salt and pepper may be a pinch of garlic fry and turn to brown all sides until the centers are still pink, turn down heat put a tin foil tent loosely to keep cooking for several minutes while your potatoes are boiling ,mash the spuds, make gravy with flour and water, stir in the meat and eat don't over cook.
If not send the meat to meπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

Feb 08, 2016
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Frozen meat
by: Anonymous

If that is your moose meat in the pictures it looks in pretty good shape.

(editors note- pictures are not from the submitter)

I concur with Mark re freezer burn.

The key to frozen meat longevity is in the wrapping. I always double wrap with heavy commercial plastic wrap and then freezer paper..
I just pulled out some steaks from 2013 and they were fine.
Freezer burned meat is good for sausage..

Robbie

Feb 07, 2016
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Fit to Eat or Not Fit to Eat
by: Mark - The Mooseman

Well wrapped moose meat will keep for a long time. I don't think you'll suffer any health issues by eating it.

The quality of your moose meat is what is at stake here. Any meat will dehydrate in the freezer, thus the term freezer burn. Freezer burned meat will look cooked when unwrapped and will have a musty odor. Sometimes the freezer burned areas can be trimmed away other times the whole piece will have to be discarded.

2011 is getting up there in age, but I would investigate it before I just chucked it out.

Old meat will obviously not be as good in flavor or appearance as fresher moose meat would have. Give it a try and see if you like it.

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