Sorry, not yelling AT anyone, but please, do NOT eat freezer-burnt meat!! It has started to go rancid like cooking oil does when it sits in a warm environment for extremely long periods. Eating it could make you sick!!!!
This is a pure sign that the meat has gone bad and has begun to spoil. If the freezer burn is just on the EDGE of the meat, then that part can and should be cut off and the rest of it can be saved.
But freezer-burnt meat in and of itself, really has a very horrible smell and taste. You might just as well be preparing spoiled rotten meat for dinner!
And you right, ncnerd! Frost free freezers are the worst enemy for meat that's put just in ordinary plastic bags. I own the Vacuum Master Pro130, which does a pretty good job in keeping out damaging air and preventing the food from spoiling in the freezer.
But so are manual defrost freezers as well. I have both. And when I buy fresh meat, I vacuum seal it asap and in the freezer it goes.
unless the meat is already vacuum sealed while on display.
Leaving it in the plain package that it comes in and freezing it that way for a long period is not good. It CAN however, be frozen that way for a very short period, then removed from that package and vacuum sealed to help the bag form to the shape of the frozen meat.
I usually buy my meats in bulk quantities, then I divide it up into meal-size portions and vacuum seal those portions. Stretcthes the budget, but less waste and more econmical!
Last edited by Big Daddy's House; 02-14-2013 at 03:38 AM.