How To Store Steak So It Stays Fresh & Flavorful

Last Updated on by SteakEat

Now that you got your best steak the new matter arises – how do you store it so it stays fresh and flavorful?

Now, this is exactly what I am going to help you with!

As it turns out, this question is quite common, so why don’t we look at it in more detail – after all we all know about refrigeration, but what else is there? Read on!

Storing Meat Safely

Ok, here is the steak – how do I put it in the fridge, so it’s not only fresh, but doesn’t contaminate other food with bacteria?!

Ideally you should have a special meat compartment, where you keep all the beef, pork, poultry and fish. Nothing else would be stored there.

The best spot is on the lowest shelf – if the packaging is dripping, it won’t cross-contaminate any other food.

Remember to wash the shelf frequently with warm soapy water in order to keep bacteria (which might well arrive on the packaging) from spreading.


How Long Is Refrigerated Steak Good For?

The answer to this question really depends on the following:

  • Where did you get it: the supermarket or the butcher?
  • Has it been somewhat prepared (e.g. marinated)
  • What’s the use by date?
  • What’s the temperature in the fridge?

A typical steak, obtained from the butcher would last for 2-4 days in the fridge at ~ 4C/40F.

However it’s preferable to cook it within the first 48 hours, since it will start losing moisture and the flavor will start disappearing (unless you are trying to sort of dry age that piece in the fridge).

A steak you get in the supermarket, given it’s packaged in protective atmosphere can last for longer. The ‘use by’ date is your best friend here!


How To Keep Steak Fresh For Longer: Freezing Is The Answer

Remember that you can always freeze a steak for a few months, even if you decided to do it on the day of the ‘use by’ date.

So, for example, if it’s the 15th of January today and it clearly says “Use By: 15th of January” on the rib eye, you can still freeze it, defrost it in a week and cook it – it will be fine (if it’s not you will smell it right away).

More Tips On Storing Meat

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Storing After Opening

Once the package has been opened, keeping meat fresh and juicy becomes trickier. Here is what you can do.


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Freezing Meat Safely

Freezing is a good way to keep meat fresh for longer. See how to do it safely and avoid freezer burn.








Please tell me – when storing meat, do you obey the rules or stack it up in a whatever way? Any advice you might have for all of us?

Please leave a comment/question below. Thank you!


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