How long does cooked ground beef last in the fridge or freezer? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate ground beef within two hours of cooking.
To maximize the shelf life of cooked ground beef for safety and quality, refrigerate the ground beef in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
Properly stored, cooked ground beef will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
To further extend the shelf life of cooked ground beef, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.
How long does cooked ground beef last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 2 to 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
The freezer time shown is for best quality only — cooked ground beef that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
How long does cooked ground beef last after being frozen and thawed? Cooked ground beef that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; ground beef that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
How long does cooked ground beef last at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked ground beef should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
How to tell if cooked ground beef is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the ground beef: signs of bad ground beef are a sour smell and a slimy texture; discard any ground beef with an off smell or appearance, do not taste first.
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