Minced meat is one of the most sensitive foods and spoils quickly. Therefore, it should be processed as fresh and quickly as possible. If there is something left over, or you want to keep it for stock, you can freeze ground meat.
Freeze minced meat in portions for storage, photo: © oocoskun – Fotolia.com
How to freeze minced meat?
Spread the freshly bought minced meat in a freezer bag pressed flat or rolled out for freezing. This way it can freeze through quickly and thaw out again more quickly. For later consumption, it is most convenient to freeze ground beef in portions. A good amount is 250 g of meat per bag.
Roll the minced meat flat before freezing – this way it freezes evenly
When freezing minced meat, make sure that the freezer bag fits tightly against the meat so that the frozen food is packed as airtight as possible.
Always opt for refrigerated ground beef packed in a protective atmosphere, and Take the meat out of the sales packaging, this is not suitable for storing in the freezer, because it can become brittle and fragile. When shopping, be sure to check the expiration date printed on the product.
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How long can you freeze minced meat?
In a commercial freezer you can freeze minced meat at a minimum temperature of -18°C approx. store for 3 months. At the latest, it should be defrosted and consumed.
Tips for freezing minced meat
- Make sure the ground meat is always well chilled from the day you buy it until you freeze it.
- Always freeze the minced meat directly on the day of purchase.
- Mark the freezing date on the freezer bag with a foil pen to keep track of shelf life.
- Use a rolling pin to distribute the minced meat in the freezer bag. Rolling out the meat ensures that it freezes evenly and the air escapes from the bag.
Defrosting frozen minced meat properly
To thaw ground meat after freezing, it’s best to store it in the fridge. Pour off the resulting thawing water in between to prevent possible bacteria from multiplying. Make sure the defrosted minced meat is well cooked before eating it.
Freeze cooked minced meat
You can store already cooked minced meat in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze it. At a temperature of -18°C, it keeps in the freezer for up to 3 months. Make sure ground meat is completely cooled before freezing it.