Beef Storage Chart
Ground Beef 1 day 2-3 months
Variety Meats
(liver, kidney, heart, etc.)
1-2 days 3-4 months
Stewing Beef, Ribs, Stir-Fry Strips, Kabobs 2 days 3-6 months
Steaks 3 days 6-9 months
Roasts 3 days 9-12 months
Cooked Meats, Cold Cuts 3-4 days 2-3 months
* Number of days from the "packaged on" date or from the purchase date if you buy from a full service meat case.
• Note: Some newer types of fresh meat packaging allow for longer storage times in the refrigerator and contain a "best before" date. Once these packages are opened, the meat should be used as recommended in the Storage Chart, even though the "best before" date may be later.
• Regular meat packaging is not suitable for freezer storage. Always wrap meat in plastic freezer bags or heavy duty aluminum foil, squeezing out as much air as possible before sealing to help prevent freezer burn.