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Is this chicken any good?

Asked by Symbeline (30369 points ) 1 month ago

That KFC question made me want some chicken, but I don’t want any from KFC. Cuz, gross.
I’ve had small chicken legs and wings in my freezer for like a year and a half. Last year I got food poisoning from eating chicken in a restaurant, so ever since then I’ve been afraid of chicken, which is why those chicken wings have been sitting in my freezer forever. But I think I’m over it now. Except I don’t trust restaurant chicken still, would rather cook my own. But frozen chicken that’s been sitting in the freezer for that long…it’s been conserved and never thawed but…is it still good? How can I tell?

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chyna's avatar

A year and a half is a long time. It probably has freezer burn. I wouldn’t eat it, just to be safe.

talljasperman's avatar

Six months is my limit.

Symbeline's avatar

Yeah…I’m wondering because the chickens have like…ice growing on them. Not entirely sure it’s still good.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Probably not a good idea to find out. Chicken’s pretty inexpensive. Get some new and cook it soon thereafter.
Make sandwiches and chicken salad with Best Food’s mayo!

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Groce
please don’t eat it

Symbeline's avatar

Hmm…I think I’ll just make some pasta for today. This doesn’t seem to be a good idea so far, just gonna have to huck that chicken. :/

jaytkay's avatar

I’d make stock with it. Put it in a pot of water and simmer for a few hours. Strain out the solids.

Then use it to make soup or boil rice in it.

canidmajor's avatar

A dissenting voice… It’s safe if it hasn’t been thawed, and if it was wrapped properly it shouldn’t have freezer burn. At worst it will be a bit dry.
Go wild! Enjoy the chicken! Embrace the craving!

Symbeline's avatar

I thought it was wrapped properly, I don’t see what I did wrong, but it has freezer burn. Well some pieces do, oddly, not all of them. :/ But making soup with it sounds like a good idea instead of throwing it out. You can do that even with freezer burn?

canidmajor's avatar

Oh, yeah, most of my “crap, I shoulda used that sooner but it’s still not bad enough to toss” bits go into soup. Almost But Not Quite Garbage Soup. Use many exotic spices.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Freezer burn is more about looks than taste.

It’s probably just fine. Thaw it and smell it.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

A little freezer burn is okay if you want to make soup. Just cook it really well.

Symbeline's avatar

lmao, garbage soup

Well I went with pasta today, but I’ll make soup with the chicken if it doesn’t smell too weird after thawing.

Seek's avatar

I’d make soup with it. In fact, I did this exact thing yesterday. We had the leftovers for breakfast this morning.

Coloma's avatar

Choke that chicken!

SecondHandStoke's avatar

I would not reintroduce yourself to chicken with some that’s frozen and so old.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

A whole chicken is good in the freezer for up to a year. Chicken pieces are good for up to 9 months.”
Source:
http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/storagetimes.html

And

Poultry TIme

Chicken and turkey (whole) 1 year
Chicken and turkey (cuts) 6 months
Ground turkey and chicken 4 months

DipanshiK's avatar

Ah, you don’t want to risk it.
A year and a half is a pretty long time, there can be bacterias growing and also a hefty possibility of chill injury.
I recommend you to not have it unless you want to invite food poisoning again. Haha.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

can you say “salmonella?”:

turtlesandbox's avatar

It’s good if you don’t care about taste and freshness

Crazydawg's avatar

If you regularly consumed frozen foods over 18 months old and lived to tell about it I would say bon apatite. Otherwise, prepare you best chicken fricassee and place a bucket next to your bed just in case.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

I would cook it well and enjoy.

JLeslie's avatar

If it didn’t have freezer burn I might defrost it and see if it smells ok. Knowing me, I am so nervous about bad food I would decide it smells bad no matter what and pitch it.

I’ll send this to LuckyGuy. I’ll place a bet he says he would eat it.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

“Chick-en

good!”

LuckyGuy's avatar

Yep! I’d eat it. AFTER I’d cooked it well.
A while back I made an effort to clean out – and eat – the stuff in my freezer. Over a period of 6 months(!), I basically tried to shop from my refrigerator, freezer, and basement freezer. I ate 4 year old frozen turkey. It was perfect. I made soup from 2 year old left over frozen turkey carcass. It too was perfect. I ate everything. Almost.
I did discard something. I had 4 year old venison that was given to me by a hunter who successfully got a deer on my property and offered it to me as a thank you gift. I didn’t like how it was wrapped so I gave it to the fox family. I am sure they appreciated it.

I would cook the chicken until the thigh bones turn white – not bloody. In my youth I worked at a Chicken Delight and that was how we determined when the meat was cooked properly. We scraped our metal tongs along the bone to look. under the meat.

Highly resolve that these chickens shall not have died in vain.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

@LuckyGuy I haven’t heard of Chicken Delight in years and years.
When I was a kid sometimes my parents would get a bucket of chicken
and cole slaw and we would have a really fun family meal.
I still remember their slogan, “Don’t cook tonight, call Chicken Delight”

LuckyGuy's avatar

So. Nu… Are you from the Island too?

Yep. That was the slogan. We also made ribs and shrimp dinners. They were delicious.

Symbeline's avatar

I’ll make something with the chicken. Probably the soup. I don’t want to waste it if it’s still good. I’ve had salmonella poisoning before, which is why that poor chicken was left there frozen, uneaten…food poisoning can be traumatizing. :/

LuckyGuy's avatar

Make sure to report in. We’ll be waiting with bated breath.

And they shall not have died in vain.

Dutchess_III's avatar

You’re chicken! Chicken of the chicken.

Yeah, Rick said the chicken at KFC isn’t any good. Seems like all of the fast food places are going down hill.

Symbeline's avatar

I don’t think KFC was ever any good. XD

elbanditoroso's avatar

As long it isn’t fowl smelling, it’s OK to eat.

Symbeline's avatar

I see wut j00 did thar.

Dutchess_III's avatar

My ex and I took our 2 year old on a week-long canoe trip once. I’d never really packed for such primitive camping before. We lived on hot dogs and potatoes. When the trip ended the first place we headed to was KFC. I was CRAVING their cole slaw! KFC makes the only cole slaw I like. I wanted chicken too, but not as much as I wanted the vegetables.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Well how was it? At least around 6 hours ago you were still kicking.

Symbeline's avatar

I didn’t make it yet. This will be my Saturday project. (soup)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Okay. Let us know over the weekend.

Symbeline's avatar

That I shall.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Where do we send flowers and condolences?

Symbeline's avatar

Chicken currently being prepared for soup.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Symbeline If you don’t make it through, it’s been really good knowing you.:)

Symbeline's avatar

It smelled fine after being thawed though. of course I know that doesn’t mean much

chyna's avatar

@Symbeline Could you wait til after your 30K party? We are really needing one here this weekend and if you bit the dirt…

Symbeline's avatar

If it happens I’ll come back as a zombie. :D

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Cook the heck out of it, it should be fine. But hell I’ll hang with you as a zombie. I’ve had worse company.

Seek's avatar

Man, I have no hope of winning, do I? sigh

Symbeline's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Oh yeah don’t worry, those chicken bastards are getting the treatment. Not gettin my ass poisoned again.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Amen, food poisoning sucks asses.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Aw @Seek! You’re just a couple hundred points behind….but @Symbeline is there….Now, to go find the party!

Seek's avatar

We were in a dead heat about a month ago. She just has more friends than me. It’s ok. ^_^

Symbeline's avatar

Nah, it isn’t a friends thing, it’s just because you stopped posting for a while. My actual, serious guess, because we pretty much had the exact, same score.

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