Originally Posted by PSS-Mag
We have two or more steers a year butchered. Our butcher has always just used paper. Never had a problem except like shtrdave said. Always thaw it in the sink!
We've gotten beef from the butcher wrapped in standard butcher paper also. Never had a problem with long term storage. Butcher paper and freezer paper are generally coated on the inside with plastic wrap type stuff, if the butcher wrapped it tightly there shouldn't be an issue. I would try to keep it no longer than a year though. When you unwrap a package, check to make sure the plastic coating is there, if it is, you're in the clear!
Oh, and I hope all of you know this but. . .never, ever use a frost free freezer for long term meat storage. Have you ever left ice cubes in a frost free for a while? What happens to them? They dehydrate, well, that's what'll happen to your meat too. . .yuck!