Can You Eat Something That Has Freezer Burn? Here’s What the USDA Says. — Freezer Intelligence

Picture this: You’re doing your weekly grocery shop and there’s a great deal on a family pack of chicken thighs. And now that you’re looking in the meat section, you were thinking maybe you’d have a cookout this weekend and the ground beef is on sale. And you might as well stock up on buns because, well, it’s summer and you always need buns.

Somehow you walk out of the store with more than enough to feed you, your family, and then some. You’re still feeling pretty good though — until you get home and you are hit with that sinking feeling that comes from knowing that you can’t possibly eat everything before it goes bad. No worries, though, right? That’s what the freezer is for.

But what if those thighs come out covered in ice and freezer burn? Are they still safe to eat? We investigated.

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