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12 Things in Your Freezer You Should Throw Out Now (PHOTOS)

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Say ... how long have those chicken drumsticks been in your freezer? And that pizza? And the peas? It's easy to throw things into the freezer thinking they'll last forever. That's kind of the whole point. But my frozen fairy tale bubble has been burst: I've just found out how long foods really are supposed to keep in there.

Guess what I'll be doing when I get home from work today.

Yes, I'm afraid I have some cleaning out the freezer ahead of me. Can't wait! Ugh. Maybe you'd like a refresher too? Here's how long different foods really last in the freezer (at 0 degrees or below) without damaging the quality, according to FoodSafety.gov. Just note that technically, food will stay frozen and safe indefinitely. You just may not want to eat it once it thaws!

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nonmember avatar Jenn

Phooey! I've had each of those items in my freezer longer than that with no problems. It's all in how you store it. Invest in a good vacuum sealer, and have at it! Just be sure to watch your 'first in, first out' rotation.

Nelli... NellieAthome

Or you can buy a vacuum sealer and stop wasting food

Liane... Lianetherider

Yeah, when we butcher a cow the meat can last up to two years. You just have to be intelligent enough to know when it is questionable (which has never happened for us, honestly, because the cows are so lean and the butcher packages them really well, and we have a sub-zero freezer).

00NoW... 00NoWay00

If things look like they have frost bite, I throw them out. I try to only buy what I will use in a week. We waste less food that way.

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