Frozen Meat, Thawed Meat, Cooked Meat Questions!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 04, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Okay, lots of questions. There seem to be mixed reviews online, and I figured the best people to ask are the ones on here! How long can meat stay in the freezer before going bad? When I take out frozen meat from my freezer, how long will it last in the refrigerator to thaw out before going bad? Is it bad to put it back in the freezer if I end up not using it after a few days? How long can cooked meat stay in the refrigerator? Thanks for all your help!

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on August 04, 2012
at 09:40 PM

Depending on the constant temperature of the freezer, the meat is good for a very long time- it's the quality that changes. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Focus_On_Freezing/index.asp



on August 05, 2012
at 02:19 AM

If you've thawed frozen meat and then cooked it, freezing the cooked food is fine. Don't refreeze raw meat after you've completely thawed it.


on August 04, 2012
at 11:18 PM

If you want to be safe you can store all of your meat frozen provided it is well sealed you can thaw it as needed, just pop it in a bowl or sink full of warm(not hot) water for an hour or so to let it thaw out. If you are going to leave it in the fridge I would say a few days, when it starts turning grey it is time to throw it out. Trust me you will know when you have left it in the fridge for too long.


on June 28, 2013
at 09:05 AM

Don't refreeze raw meat after you've completely thawed it. ( WHY NOT ? )



on August 05, 2012
at 01:42 AM

I've found that (for quality not whether it is safe to eat which is much longer) big cuts of beef can last for over a year. Whereas cut beef lasts about 4-6 months.

Organ meat last about 3 months

Chicken and Pork last about 2 months

Fish and shell fish should never be frozen. It's just not worth it. it comes out dry and nasty.

Bones last forever

Broth (jarred) last more than a year.

In terms of re-freezing -- I am staunchly against it. I've tried and the final product is always dry and tough.



on August 04, 2012
at 09:14 PM

The usual recommendations are 1-2 months in the freezer, 3-4 days in the fridge (raw or thawed from frozen), assuming you have the meat in airtight containers/bags. It is not good to defrost things more than once.

What I like to do is divide meat (raw or cooked) into individual servings, put each in a zipper baggie and then put all the little baggies in a large zippered freezer bag. That way I don't have to worry about meat hanging around in the fridge because I take it out of the freezer. With frozen cooked meat, I'll take it to work frozen and then add it to salad. It takes ~4 hrs to defrost. And I'll have 3-4 types of meat in different freezer bags so that I always have plenty of choice.

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