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Old 09-07-2006, 09:46 PM
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I haven't made any jerky in awhile so today I pulled out two of the last four packages of burger from last year. After I thawed it out I noticed it was an ugly brown color (except for the very middle), and had an unpleasant odor to it. These were wrapped in a 1lb "tube", like sausage comes in. Was this freezer burn or what? I ended up throwing it out but I thought it should have still been good. There was no blood in the freezer so I don't think it was thawed at some point. I guess I'll have to use beef for the next month or so...[:@]
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Old 09-08-2006, 04:51 AM
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Bummer! Don't know if you have anyone like we have here, but there's a guy outside of Toledo Ohio who is a nut basically.He rescues animals, all carnivores, the dangerous ones and keeps them in his yard in cages. Lions, tigers, and bears along with a host of others. He would take the meat. Collects live stock from the area as well. He's nuts! For a long time he had just an 8' tall chain link fence around them. You could touch them if you dared. Henow has another outside the first.

Found this site looking for him. He's a bigger nut than I thought. Not fond ofanimals like his anyways, but less now.

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Old 09-08-2006, 05:22 AM
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Being a formerbutcher I can tell you I have smelt some presty nasty meat. We used the meat pakings like you used and have never once had any meat go bad simply by sitting inside these bags. The only time it would go bad is if it was thawed at one point or another. The discolorization is nothing to worry about. This is common for older venison and beef. What you may be smelling is blood in the meat that got freezer burnt.The bags do not let odors escape.One way to check your meat out is to fry up a small portion of it, if the smell goes away it shoudl be safe to eat, buyt if it stinks even while frying it, I would discard the meat or give it to a hunter who has hunting dogs.
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Old 09-08-2006, 06:42 AM
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All meat will turn dark after air is allowed to come in contact with it. That in itself is no reason for alarm. The smell is a different story. When in doubt...throw it out.
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Old 09-08-2006, 06:56 AM
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You pay lots of money for that rotten prime beef in them fancy resturants. They call it aged
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