Storing & discarding

Divide large packages of meat into smaller portions. It is safe to freeze meat or poultry directly in its supermarket wrapping but this type of wrap allows air to get in. Unless you will be using the food in a month or two, wrap these packages as you would any food for long-term storage using airtight heavy-duty foil, freezer plastic wrap or freezer paper, or place the package inside a freezer plastic bag.

Wrap your meat for the freezer using these steps

freezer wrap steps

illustration courtesy of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service

While raw ground meat stays fresh in the freezer for 3 to 4 months, larger pieces of meat like steaks or chops will be good for 4 to 12 months, according to USDA/FSIS. At 0 degrees F, frozen foods remain safe indefinitely.

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