How Long Can Meat Be Frozen?

Dollar SignWith meat prices rising, when you see a sale, it’s a good idea to stock up. The problem with having a stock of fresh meat on hand, is eating it before it spoils.

The simple solution is to freeze the meat for future use. The question is often asked: “How long can I keep frozen meat and still use it?”  The answer depends on the type of meat. Read on to find out!

How to Package Meat for Freezing

The best way to freeze meat is to use the packaging provided by your butcher. Have meat cut into the desired cuts. Avoid large bones packages with more bone than necessary. Wrap the meat tightly in moisture proof material. Seal and add a label.

Labels should always include the type of meat and the date frozen. It is also a good idea to include the amount of meat on the label.


How to Freeze Meat

Place the packaged meat in your freezer and freeze at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below. A freezer works more efficiently if it is fairly full. The more air space around the food, the more energy is required to maintain the temperature.

Freezer Guidelines Meat

How Long Can I Store Frozen Meat?

Meat can be safely frozen for use for up to a year. The type of meat determines the length it can be frozen and used.

Beef: 6-12 months
Lamb: 6-9 months
Veal: 6-9 months
Ground Meat: 3-4 months
Ham: 2 months

How to Thaw Meat

Thaw meat in the refrigerator in the original wrappings. Do not thaw on the counter. It is a good practice to allow 12 to 24 hours for meat to thaw.



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