Shelf Life Tips
- How long do frozen beef dinners last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep beef dinners frozen at all times.
Properly stored, frozen beef dinners will maintain best quality for about 9 months in the freezer, although they will usually remain safe to eat after that.
Are frozen beef dinners safe to eat after the ‘expiration’ date on the package? Yes, if properly stored - commercially frozen beef dinners will typically carry a Best By, Best if Used By, Best Before, or Best When Used By date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the frozen beef dinners will remain at peak quality.
How long will frozen beef dinners remain safe to eat? Frozen beef dinners that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely, as long as they have been stored properly and the package is not damaged.
How to tell if frozen beef dinners are no longer good? If dry spots or discolorations have developed on the frozen beef dinners, freezer burn has begun to set in - this will not make the frozen beef dinners unsafe to eat, but it will harm the texture and taste.
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