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Can You Freeze Steak? Freezing Steak The Right Way

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Yes, you can freeze steak to extend its shelf-life. Freezing steak properly extends the expiry by preserving its flavor and texture. Keeping steak in the freezer can also yield better taste over time compared to fridge storage for the same duration.

Freezing steak in its original packaging may not provide the necessary air protection and can lead to freezer burn. Freezing it individually or in smaller serving sizes ensures better preservation of their flavor and freshness. Individually freezing steak is the best method for freshness and longevity as it minimizes air exposure and reduces the risk of freezer burn.

How To Freeze Steak Safely

  1. Whether you have brand new or leftover steak, choose your storage method. We typically recommend airtight plastic/glass containers or sturdy freezer bags for long-term storage freshness.
  2. Transfer it to where you plan to keep it.
  3. Be sure to leave about 1-2 inches of headspace to allow for expansion. Don’t leave too much room though because it’s generally good to limit air exposure as much as possible when freezing food.
  4. Label your containers or freezer bags as ‘Frozen steak’ with today’s date.
  5. Place the bags flat in the freezer so they freeze quickly. If you’re using containers instead, place them in the freezer upright. Once completely frozen, both the bags and containers can be stacked and/or positioned upright.

Defrosting Tips

When you’re ready to prepare the steak you just froze, do not thaw it at room temperature. Read our guide on how to thaw steak safely. Not only will it help you avoid foodborne illnesses, using the proper defrosting techniques keeps its texture & quality intact.

How Long Can You Freeze Steak?

You can freeze steak for up to 6-12 months as long as it’s frozen correctly. Freezing steak slows down spoilage, extends expiry, and allows you to store it for an increased time but all frozen food expires eventually.

Freeze smaller steak portions within 1-2 days of purchasing for optimal freshness. Store leftover steak in an airtight container after it’s initially opened.

Removing & defrosting frozen steak within 6-12 months of freezer storage helps to prevent freezer burn, off-flavoring, and food poisoning. Anything longer than that puts the food at risk of:

Consequences Description Recommendation
Freezer Burn Dehydration and oxidation due to air exposure Use well-sealed containers or bags
Loss of Freshness Flavor and texture degradation over time Consume within recommended time frame
Food Poisoning Potential bacterial growth if improperly stored or thawed Follow safe defrosting practices

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