I found myself in a situation and now I even can call it a 'hobby' of always getting my meats at a really low price. So when I go to my store and I see the sale I get pounds and pounds of Chicken Pork and Beef meats. What I do (like someone else stated above) I take the meat out of the packaging cut it in pieces (if needed, like a whole pork 'roast') put about 3 'pieces' in a bag and immediately freeze it (put it in the freezer), even if I end up using it the next day. And since its a "big" amount of meat that I get at a time, it lasts me for about 6 months. So just want to mentioned that because I freeze these meets right when I come from the store, even after 6 months the chicken that I unfreeze and bake, and porch chops that I fry, ect, REALLY taste like I just picked them up yesterday. So don't worry about the taste of frozen meats... as long as you freeze then "immediately" (or within 3 days or so) and as for storage time, I just taken out a frozen pack of chicken necks that I bought on August 2016 and its end of March 2017 now, this is the longest time ive kept a meat frozen, so that's why im on Bing searching for 'frozen meat keep time' and most if not all websites (including the government's foodsafety.gov) mention up to 1 (one) year for Poultry (like chicken and turkey) 'meats' and between 6 and 12 months for any other meat (like Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork).
And by the way all the 'meat' I mentioned was fresh (before expiration date) and raw. I didn't check the 'freeze times' for cooked meats.
PS when the chicken necks unfreeze and ill cook them I will let you guys know how they tasted right away ;)
UPDATE -- just want to give you guys a quick update. The chicken necks unfroze and I went on the Bing Search spree because when I took the chicken necks out of the freezer they looked brown, almost black, but when they unfroze now, they are TOTALY back to their normal 'fresh' color, light pink. Just wanted to mention this because if you notice that 'dark color' in your prolonged frozen meat you shouldn't get worried or alarmed. So now im going to put them in a pot and give you the final 'taste update' in just a few hours. :)
FINAL UPDATE -- yes! the taste is 95% delicious, its 'still' REALLY good. I say only 95% because I noticed that some of the chicken necks (literally like 3 or 4) out of the whole pack had a tiny taste of, what I can describe as, "old water". It REALLY didn't matter at all as even with these 3 necks "effected" they still tasted 'normal'. Plus there was an odor to the meat, which I just think it was odor of the freezer, as its been there long. But after rinsing with water there was no smell. Just to tell you the exact time they were frozen.. it said 'Sell By' date of August 24th 2016, so I bought them about 5 days earlier, and they have been sitting in the freezer this whole time and its March 19th 2017 today. So in conclusion yes you can keep a fresh/raw meat in freezer for up to a year and the taste is great... so don't worry :)
- just want to mention to, use your judgment when unthawing and cooking meat... because if it smells or tastes bad its better just to get a new "batch" :)
and sorry for this novel size of a 'tale' :)~ ... I hope you didn't get annoyed by the length. Thanks for reading :) and hope it helped.