Beef Cuts


Roasts, steaks3 to 5 days6 to 12 months
Stew meat1 to 2 days3 to 4 months
Ground beef1 to 2 days3 months
Variety meats1 to 2 days3 to 4 months
Corned beef7 days2 to 3 months
Cooked beef3 to 4 days2 to 3 months

How much freezer space will you need?

One cubic foot of freezer space will hold approximately
30 lbs. to 32 lbs. of beef.

Freezing Fresh Cut Beef at Home

The best way to freeze fresh cut and wrapped beef at home is by flash freezing.
Flash Freezing can be done at -15 F on your home freezer upon some prior preparation.
Most chest-style freezer have the capability of reaching
-15 F,
but some upright freezers may not.

  • Set your freezer's control to its coldest setting several hours before using it as a flash freezer (use a freezer thermometer to check the temperature).

  • Shift the food that is already in the freezer to one side;  try to leave about 1 cubic foot of freezer space for every 2 to 3 lbs. of beef.

  • *[For the best and fastest freezing, it is best to use a large, empty chest freezer to allow for maximum air circulation.]

  • Chill deer before you freeze it to make it easier to cut and package, and to allow quicker freezing.  *The faster the beef freezes, the better it will taste when cooked!

  • Wrap the deer cuts securely in high quality freezer paper to prevent freezer burn and to avoid contaminating one meat with the odors of another.  Click here for a diagram on how to properly wrap meat for the freezer.

  • To allow quicker freezing, try and arrange the packages in the freezer so they are not touching any other packages.  The more air circulating around the packages, the quicker the beef will freeze.

  • *[You can set the packages of Beef  in the freezer on metal wire shelving - that is often used in kitchen cabinets - to allow the most air circulation.]

    Following the above tips should lead to the longest lasting,  best tasting Beef possible!


Cooking Frozen Beef

Beef may be cooked frozen or defrosted. Defrosted beef should be cooked as a fresh cut; but allow additional cooking time. Frozen roasts require 1/3 to 1/2 more time for cooking. Cooking time for frozen steaks and patties varies according to surface area, thickness, and broiling temperature. Frozen cuts should be broiled farther from the heat so they do not brown too quickly. To braise frozen pot roasts, allow approximately the same cooking time as for defrosted cuts.

Defrosting Beef

Frozen beef my be defrosted before or during cooking. It should be defrosted in the original wrapping in the refrigerator. Defrosting meat at room temperature is not a recommended procedure. The following is a timetable for defrosting frozen beef in a refrigerator:

Large roast 4-7 hours (per pound)
Small roast 3-5 hours (per pound)
Steak, one-inch thick 12-14 hours


If you have had beef processed at Jackson Frozen Food Locker, e-mail us and we will e-mail you a customized chart detailing the recommended length of time each of the beef cuts freezer maximums!
The times shown are for the maximum time for Best Flavor.  These cuts of beef will be edible for a much longer time, but the quality and taste will diminish over time.
Read further for some excellent freezer tips!
More freezer tips covering freezer burn, how to freeze meat, wrapping, etc.
What to do if your freezer quits or the power goes out.
Refreezing Food?  Is it safe?
Freezer checklist.  Before you buy a freezer, there are some features you should know about.
ConsumersRechearch. Reviews of the best freezers on the market!
Home Freezers. The full story.  EVERYTHING you need to know about freezers.  Such as only 2 manufacturers make almost ALL the freezers sold in the US!
How to wrap meat from the freezer.  From Ask The Meatman.
Read more about the Commercial Grade freezer paper we offer for sale!

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Last Updated:  Friday, October 09, 2009 03:31 PM