How long can you freeze ground beef? How can you tell if it's gone bad?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 26, 2013 at 12:32 AM

I've got some in the freeze since January- is that too long to be frozen? How can I test if it's still good?

Does beef lose any nutrient value if frozen for extended periods?


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on March 26, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I buy a whole whack of grassfed beef before the season's done for the winter. So I buy in the fall and it lasts several months in the freezer in thick ziplock freezer bags.



on March 26, 2013
at 01:47 AM

Ground beef typically doesn't "go bad" in the freezer, in the sense that it does not spoil while frozen. It can last for years in the freezer and still be safe to eat if you defrost it properly and cook it right away. The real question is how long can you freeze it and have it still taste good when you cook it (e.g. no freezer burn.) The answer is it depends on how cold you keep your freezer and how you've packaged the meat. If you have a deep freeze that you keep at 0 degrees farenheit and you double bag your meat in quality zip-lock freezer bags or buy it vacuum packed, then it should last from 1 - 1.5 years. I buy half a cow each summer and it still tastes fabulous a year later if I have any left. If you buy it in the grocery store in styrofoam and saran wrap and just stick it in the freezer over the top of your fridge without double bagging it, it probably will start to get freezer burn in 4-6 months unless you have a really high quality freezer/fridge unit that can sustain really low temps in the freezer.


on March 26, 2013
at 12:48 AM

Ground beef lasts for 4 to 6 months in the freezer for me. Like Renee, I buy a whack of it at once - sometimes 40 pounds....

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