How Long Can I Keep Beef

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How Long Can I Keep Beef? Don't take chances. Get the facts on how long you can safely keep refrigerated or frozen beef.
Maximum Recommended Storage Times for Quality, According to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association

TYPE OF BEEF REFRIGERATOR
(35°F to 40°F)
FREEZER
(0°F or colder)
FRESH BEEF Steaks, Roasts 3-4 days 6 - 12 months
Beef for Stew 2-3 days 6 - 12 months
Ground Beef 1-2 days 3-4 months
LEFTOVER COOKED BEEF All types 3-4 days 2-3 months

NEVER DEFROST MEATS AT ROOM TEMPERATURE!

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