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How long? #8491411 12/31/21 02:58 PM
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Was wondering how long you will keep and use deer meat processed from a processor that is vacuum sealed? Was thinking no longer than a year. Thoughts?

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I process my own, but I do vacuum seal it. Typically, I'm almost out of deer meat about the time bow season starts, so I rarely have meat that goes past 1 year. I have on rare occasion found that one package in the back corner of the freezer that was 2 or 3 years old, and it tasted fine.


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3 years+ if vacuum sealed no issues. Make sure you date the packages to ensure you eat the oldest first.
If showing signs of freezer burn on edges it's getting old.

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I wrap mine in plastic wrap, then seal it in a vacuum bag. Three years later it's still like the day it went into the freezer - no loss of taste, color or texture.


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Over a year.


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Deer around here don’t last that long, but if I was going guess I say 1.5 years.

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Properly wrapped it will last a few years, but usually we finish ours off by September.


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Three to five I don't like throwing out meat.


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Temperature is the key. If it is vacuum sealed and held well below 0F continuously, then several years.


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Yeah, I'd say over a year but I use it by then.

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I have gone over two years with properly vacuum sealed meats.


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I think everyone will see the common item in this thread. I have let mine go and tested one, two, even three years later. Sealed well, no air touching the meat. Whether you wrap in Saran Wrap, vacuum pack it, or what - if it's done right, then it lasts years!!!

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No issues with 3+ years, it's stillgood.

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I'm sure that well-packaged meat can last in the freezer for more than a year. However, I have decided that once a year, I'm going to go through my freezer and pressure can anything that has been hanging out in there for a year or more. Canning will give you shelf-stable meat for years if done correctly. A good way to diversify your food portfolio.

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