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In reorganizing my stand-up freezer, I discovered several bags of homemade tomato puree that have been hidden there for at least five years, maybe more.  My understanding is that food kept in the freezer for longer-than-recommended periods will still be okay to eat, but may have freezer burn, taste different, etc.  Do you think it would be worth adding these tomatoes to chili, or would you just chuck them?  

 

 

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Well, if it has been frozen (no outages, etc) all that time, technically it would be safe to eat, but I imagine the taste has deteriorated to the point that you might not want to eat it. You could defrost and taste it and decide. My bet is it isn’t worth cooking with. Five years is a long time!

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I think it would be fine to eat, and I'd probably eat it.  You could always thaw and heat and taste it first.  I find that adding a little red wine and pepper and fresh garlic to a tomato sauce can cut some bad flavors (like freezer burn).

 

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