There is a strange problem with my freezer... Things come out smelling strange.
I have a freezer full of various foods. Most recently I have found a bit of trouble with my meat. I pulled out some ground beef that I put in at the beginning of October and after a thaw it smelled bad. I recognise the smell as it happened once before but went away with no apparent cause. It is technically safe to eat the meat (I did last time. It tasted revolting and I had to throw the whole meal away.) but with the taste and a chemo-weakened person in the house I won't be risking it anyway. I can tell it takes time to acquire the smell because it didn't have anywhere as strong an effect on the piece that was only up there for one week. No one could tell the smell was there after the cooking process.
Does anyone know of any likely causes or solutions?
To get the obvious out of the way:
nothing else rotted and left behind the smell during a power outage.
it wasn't rotten when I put it in