Just how bad is it to use frozen veggies over a year old?

elisa_z5May 23, 2012

I had bumper crops last year, and much more limited time this year, so I was considering letting some of my frozen stuff stay in the freezer for next winter instead of using it up now. Is that a really bad idea? Or a passable idea?

The veggies/fruit in question are: tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, scapes, pesto, blackberries, cranberries, blueberries, string beans, peas, kale.

Thanks, in advance, for your advice.

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Not bad at all.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 1:43AM
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If you used proper techniques and good quality bags or containers, they should all be good for about 2 years, IMHO. After that, it gets dicey, not a food safety issue, just a quality issue.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 11:25AM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

I agree, a quality issue, not safety, and I think your beans, peas, kale would be the first of those things you mention to show diminished quality - or at least that's been my experience with my upright, manual defrost freezer.

The berries? I often keep them two years with no noticeable difference in them at all, not in taste or appearance.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 2:01PM
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Excellent -- that's great news.
So, we'll just eat the fresh stuff that's coming in now, and if I don't have much time to freeze this summer, we'll still be set for the winter.

I used those freezer bags that you use the sucky thing with that takes all the air out. Makes a very tight seal with no air.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 11:34PM
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You should keep them frozen and just remove a portion of each type once a year to photograph. Have a series of pictures of the food, both frozen then cooked, after 1 years time, 2 years, 3, 4, 5....

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 6:05PM
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