Will Frozen Food that Tastes Like Freezer Hurt You?

@Pigglies (9346)
United States
September 28, 2007 11:55pm CST
Tonight I was scavenging for food deep in the recesses of the freezer. I finally found something, a half bag of tater tots. They had expired a year ago, but I figured anything frozen is okay. I cooked them an extra 5 minutes just to be safe. Then I started eating them. I ate 1... tasted ok. Had another, thought it had a taste to it like something else familiar. After 10 of them, I realized they tasted exactly like our freezer smells. So I ask around to find out how old these things really are. I know I didn't buy them. My dad figured they had been in our freezer for at least 3 years based on when we last had tater tots. Are these things harmful? They sure left a nasty aftertaste.
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4 responses
• United States
29 Sep 07
I don't think you will die from the tater tots , but they may give you a upset stomach.It isn't a good idea to eat something after the expiration date.If you feel okay 1-2 hours after eating the tots, you should be okay.
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@Pigglies (9346)
• United States
30 Sep 07
I guess they were okay, I'm still alive. :) I figured anything in the freezer was probably okay for quite awhile. They used to not even put expiration dates on things. And a lot of medicines don't really expire until a year after it says, so I thought maybe the same precaution was taken with foods.
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• United States
2 Oct 07
I used to have a big freezer that was separate from the fridge and it had a chart that told you how long food was good in the freezer.If I can find it, I'll write you so you will know how long to keep food in the freezer.
@casablynn (150)
• United States
29 Sep 07
If it was just that they tasted like your freezer smells, I would say no, probably not harmful for you. But, since they expired a year ago, you might want to stay away from them. However, since you already ate them, you'll have to let us know if they were harmful or not.
@Pigglies (9346)
• United States
30 Sep 07
I guess they didn't hurt me. I'm still here. :)
@mizcash (686)
• Canada
24 Jun 08
We eat to keep our bodies nourished so when you eat freezer burnt food it will not kill you or anything but it will do your body no good. Everything is depleted and it will be like eating newspaper.
@lilybug (21184)
• United States
29 Sep 07
Isn't it weird when something tastes like a smell? No, it won't make you sick. It tastes awful, and I bet you won't want to eat tater tots again in the near future, but you should be ok.