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Have you ever read any of the articles that tell you that hamburger can only stay in the freezer for 3 months? I am here to tell you that mine keeps perfectly safely for at least a year. Sometimes the ground venison that we freeze each year is in my freezer for 18 months. I am still alive to tell my story after cooking and eating it.
What about the rules that tell us that food can't be out of refrigeration for more than 2 hours? Woe unto you if you allow this. Can you tell me why our ancestors could take fried chicken in a picnic basket on the train and eat it many, many hours later without getting sick? Or how about my husband who took a ham and cheese sandwich to school with mayonnaise in a brown paper sack to school and not only lived to tell about it but never got sick from it?
Now, I am not advising that we aren't smart. Obviously some things are dangerous. I am still extremely careful with cans that may have become unsealed or dented. I am still vigilant to taste, smell, or look at what I feed myself and my family for any signs of spoilage. And, I still make my daughters pack their sandwiches in an insulated cooler with a freezer pack. But I know that I have wasted a ton of food because I was too over-vigilant. I gave too much credence to what I read instead of using my own common sense. This is definitely an area where our mothers, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers can help us discern the truth.
Let's be smart when it comes to throwing away food, because, after all, what we are really doing is throwing away money!
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