How long should ground beef sit in the fridge?

ground beef in fridge

A SimplySmartDinnerPlans subscriber asks:

“In your vast wisdom and knowledge how long do you believe raw ground beef can sit in the fridge?”

Well, first of all, thank you! That will make my wife laugh for hours! :)

Ground beef:

According to the USDA: Raw ground meats, all poultry, seafood, and variety meats: Refrigerate 1 to 2 days. Raw roasts, steaks, and chops (beef, veal, lamb, and pork): Refrigerate 3 to 5 days. Cooked meat, poultry, and seafood: Store in the refrigerator 3 to 4 days.

Taking ANYTHING the government says with a massive grain of salt, my limit is typically 4-5 days tops. Rule of thumb, when in doubt, throw it out. Grey is bad, any unpleasant smell is bad.

Also, if you’ve defrosted your ground beef in the microwave, you should use it immediately.

Commercially processed ground beef is iffy enough with out worrying about age!

Chef Perry

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