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)
(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!