We are frequently asked questions about frozen meat, specifically, how do I thaw frozen meat and how long is frozen meat good for in my freezer? We’re here to help answer your questions. Keep reading or watch Heather’s video to learn the answers to these questions.
How do I safely thaw frozen meat?
Method 1: In Cold Water
- Place your food in a leak proof container.
- Submerge your food in cold water, and change the water every 30 minutes until the meat is defrosted.
- A small package will take about an hour to thaw. A 3-4 pound package may take 2-3 hours.
- You can cook the items right away, or return to your refrigerator for 2 days prior to cooking.
Method 2: In the Microwave
- Follow your microwaves guide and use the Auto Defrost setting for the proper weight and type of food your are defrosting.
- Cook your food imediately after thawing in the microwave!
Method 3: In the Refrigerator
- Plan ahead! Thawing in the refrigerator can take a long time.
- Place your frozen food, still in the package, in your refrigerator.
- Let it sit until thaw. A pound of ground beef or boneless chicken breast will require a day to thaw.
- After thawing in your refrigerator, the meat will be safe to leave in the refrigerator for another 2 days before cooking.
Questions? Call us at 262-248-3339 or visit the USDA’s Safe Defrosting Page.
How Long is Meat Good for in my Freezer?
If your freezer is at a proper temperature (0°F) your food will be safe to eat indefinitely, however the quality will start to decrease after time. In a properly wrapped package, like our double butcher paper wrapping or vacuum sealing, here’s a general chart of how long food is good for in your freezer:
|Cooked Sausage, Smoked Products (like Bacon or Ham)
|Approximately 3 months
|Fresh Pork (like Pork Chops or Baby Back Ribs), Fresh Sausages
|Approximately 6 months
|Beef, Buffalo, Lamb
|Approximately 12 months