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BEEF RIBS, ALL CUTS (INCLUDING BACK RIBS, SHORT RIBS) - FRESH, RAW

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3-5 days
Freezer
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6-12 months

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  • How long do raw beef ribs last in the fridge or freezer? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep beef ribs refrigerated at all times.
  • How long do raw beef ribs last after the sell-by date? After beef ribs are purchased, they may be refrigerated for 3 to 5 days - the "sell-by" date on the package may expire during that storage period, but the beef ribs will remain safe to use after the sell by date if they has been properly stored.
  • Unopened raw beef ribs may be kept in its original store packaging when refrigerating; to maximize the shelf life of beef ribs, do not open the package until ready to use.
  • How long can raw beef ribs be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; beef ribs should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of raw beef ribs, freeze; when freezing, place beef ribs in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
  • You can maximize the shelf life of beef ribs in the freezer by overwrapping the original store packaging with airtight heavy-duty aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper or place the package inside a heavy-duty freezer bag in order to prevent freezer burn.
  • How long do raw beef ribs last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 6 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - beef ribs that have been kept constantly frozen at 0℉ will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long do raw beef ribs last after being frozen and thawed? Beef ribs that have been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator before cooking; beef ribs that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be cooked immediately.
  • How long do beef ribs last in the fridge once they are cooked? Cooked beef ribs will usually stay good for 3 to 4 days in the fridge and 4 months in the freezer.
  • How to tell if raw beef ribs are bad? The best way is to smell and look at the beef ribs: signs of bad beef ribs are a sour smell, dull color and slimy texture; discard any beef ribs with an off smell or appearance.

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