How Long Is Beef Stew Good For In The Fridge

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How Long Is Beef Stew Good For In The Fridge

With COVID-19 cases on the rise once more as we prepare for what will undoubtedly be a difficult winter, many of us are stockpiling groceries for the long haul. To ensure the safety of you and your family, make sure you follow regulations when purchasing products like meat. You may be wondering how long raw beef keeps in the refrigerator as our freezers fill up more and more, so we looked into it.

We’ve already investigated the best storage periods for raw chicken in the refrigerator, and we discovered that they are just one to two days. According to the FDA, beef roasts and steaks can be kept in the refrigerator for three to five days. However, you should only store raw hamburgers, raw stew meats, and ground raw beef in the refrigerator for a maximum of one or two days.

Any leftover beef can be refrigerated for up to three or four days to keep it fresh. The same holds true for beef-based soups and stews.

To extend the shelf life of raw beef, it is recommended to store it in the freezer and defrost it when needed. While raw ground beef will remain fresh in the freezer for three to four months, uncooked beef cuts can be stored for up to twelve months.

And if you’re worried about the dates printed on the labels of your food packaging, the FDA says they’re not really based on exact science. In fact, they shared that those sell-by dates are more of a reference for stores than they are for consumers, and they regard quality more than the safety of the food.

All this being said, there are a few key things to look out for if you want to know if your raw beef has gone bad. Red meat contains a protein called oxymyoglobin which gives it its red color. If you notice that your meat has started to turn grayish in color, it’s safer not to eat it. Just as well, if you notice blueish or greenish patches or white fuzzies on your meat — that’s mold, and the meat should be discarded.

The texture of your beef can also indicate it’s starting to spoil. If there is a slimy or sticky texture to it when you touch it, this could indicate that bacteria has started to grow on it and you should toss it in the trash. Lastly, you can also perform a good old smell test. The smell of raw beef, chopped or ground, is typically barely noticeable. However, as soon as spoilage bacteria starts to grow, it will likely take on a more rancid scent. If you notice any unpleasant smells coming from your meat, the safest bet is to throw it away.

With any luck, this guide will help you stockpile groceries for as long as possible and get ready for the upcoming season!

Storing & Reheating StewsStew is an ideal make-ahead dish. Follow these guidelines to keep stew fresh and ready for reheating:

  • When completely cold, place a tight cover on it and refrigerate for up to three days.
  • Fish or shellfish stews should only be kept in the refrigerator for a day or so.
  • Thaw in refrigerator if frozen and use promptly.
  • As the flavor of onions ages and the flavor of green bell peppers intensifies, you might need to taste your seasonings while reheating.
  • You can reheat stews in the microwave or on the stovetop by following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Daughter just called to inquire about the safety of eating her 6-day-old beef stew. She said it smelled fine, but wanted my reassurance. I said probably not, so she is throwing it out.