How long does defrosted, vacuum sealed beef keep?
- Morton the Mousse Jan 3, 2008 12:57 PM
Got a steak on Sunday that was vacuum sealed and frozen. Put it in my fridge on Sunday, intending to eat it Monday. Things happened, got too busy, now I want to eat it today.
I know the rule of thumb on defrosted beef is eat in 2-3 days, but that's for non-vacuum sealed meat.
I also know that fresh, vacuum sealed meat lasts a week in the fridge.
But try as I might, I can't find any information on defrosted, vacuum sealed meat.
Personally I would give it the smell test and if it smelled OK I would eat it without a second thought.
I'm with Gretchen -- if it's vacuum sealed there's no means of contamination and no air to feed any existing bacteria, plus it's been refrigerated. Isn't beef "wet aged" essentially by vacuum sealing it and keeping it in a refrigerator for a number of weeks? My personal opinion is that any solid piece of meat is fine as long as it smells good, regardless of how it's been packed (whether or not it's been frozen is pretty much irrelevant). Dry aged beef gets pretty yucky on the outside, and they just cut off the bad parts and eat it!
I get fresh beef (vacuum sealed and not frozen) sent to me from Iowa several times a year. We've kept it up to 2 weeks in the fridge without any problems or off odors. Trust your nose, that's why we have it. (I'd feel fine keeping it longer but we always end up consuming it before then.)