Other Great Tips!
Thawing meat in the refrigerator is one of the safest ways to thaw meat. But it can take time so make sure to plan thawing time into your meal plan. Thawing meat properly will save money in the long run as you won’t accidentally ruin meat and need to throw it out. Some things to keep in mind when thawing meat in the fridge:
- Know your fridge and what areas are the coldest, as putting meat in those areas will delay the thawing process.
- Poultry, ground meat and stew meat will stay good in the fridge for 1-2 days after thawing. Red meat cuts will last a little longer – up to 3-5 days.
- If needed you can re-freeze meat thawed in the fridge. You can potentially lose quality but it will be safe to eat.
- Whenever possible you should thaw meat on the bottom shelf to keep juices from dripping onto other foods. If not possible thaw inside of a container to catch any drips.