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Rancid Fat?

mickey jay

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Joined Feb 29, 2012
Was reading online (not on SMF) that pork fat should only be kept in the freezer for no more than a month or it will go rancid.  Anyone ever noticed this?  Whenever I smoke a butt, I save and freeze the fat for sausage projects and don't know if I should just chuck it now since some of it is pushing 6 months in the freezer.


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MJ, I have used pork fat that was vac sealed and in the freezer for 5-6 months with no noticable taste difference in the sausage.

chef jimmyj

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Use ASAP but vac sealed will be fine for 6 months. Fat is a primary flavor in meat. If all fat went rancid in a Month, any meat frozen over 30 days would taste rancid. Fat just thrown in a ziplock or improperly wrapped has a short lifespan...JJ
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