A pound of ground beef can be used for many purposes. You can use this versatile meat in many different ways, such as in your Instant pot. It’s also a affordable choice. It has a very short shelf life.
All of us have purchased a pound or more of ground beef and had it go bad within days. How long does ground beef last in the refrigerator? How can we prolong its shelf life? Here are the facts.
What is the Shelf Life of Raw Ground Beef in the Fridge?
I hate to break the news but FoodSafety.gov states that raw ground beef can only be stored for one to two days. There are some additional measures that you can take to extend the shelf-life of your ground beef.
The first is that the quality of ground beef will affect its shelf life. This refers to the time the food can remain fresh before it starts to deteriorate. For the longest shelf life, it is best to buy high-quality ground meat.
It is also important to consider how it is stored. Store unopened store-bought ground meat in its original packaging and place it on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator.
How long does cooked ground beef last in the fridge?
What time will a pound worth of ground beef last in the refrigerator? As with all leftover, cooked meats can be stored in the fridge for 3 to 4 days according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
How to Freeze Ground Beef
Freezing ground beef will ensure it lasts for at least a few days. Ground beef and other ground meats can be stored in the freezer at 0°F or below for 3 to 4 months.
For best results, freeze ground beef in its original packaging. Wrap it in aluminum foil, plastic wrap or freezer paper to protect it from freezing. You can transfer ground beef from the original packaging to a freezer-safe bag and label it with the date.
Once you are ready to use the package ground beef, place it in a large bowl filled with cool water. Use a heavyweight to keep the meat submerged. Let it thaw for five to ten minutes. Ground beef that has been previously frozen should be used immediately.
How to tell if ground beef is soiled
It is better to be safe than sorry so keep to the two-day rule. If you’re looking for a way to detect if ground beef is rotten, the smell of rotten meat, or a dull brownish-gray color and texture might help you.