How long can I keep a cryovacked Beef Tenderloin in the fridge?
I bought it Thursday the 15th for Xmas dinner on the 25th. It's cryovacked and in my fridge. Do I need to butcher and freeze it or will I be okay leaving it in the packaging until the 22/23rd when I was planning to prep it for dinner.
Thoughts? I don't want to lose an expensive piece of meat because I didn't do the right thing.
For what it's worth, in his "Tender is the Loin" series, Alton Brown mentions that he's held a cryo-vac tenderloin for 18 weeks... that's a very long time. So I think your 10 day adventure is Ok.
If it was cryovaced at the packing plant, there should be a "use or freeze by" date stamped on the package. Look for it to put your mind at ease. In any case, the comments above are correct. You should have nothing to worry about.
I appreciate all the comments on this guys. Looks like I"m all good for Xmas dinner. Now I just have to finish the dining room re-model in 4 days!