How Long Does Raw Steak Last in the Fridge?

Buying steak in bulk and storing it in the refrigerator or freezer can save money and reduce trips to the grocery store. However, it’s crucial to understand the basics of storing raw meat safely to make this strategy effective. Consuming spoiled steak can cause food poisoning, so taking precautions is essential.

How long can raw steak stay in the fridge?

Raw steak can typically stay in the fridge for 3 to 5 days, but the exact duration depends mainly on how it’s packaged. Proper packaging can help prevent contamination and slow the growth of harmful bacteria, ultimately extending the shelf life of the raw steak.

Steaks usually come wrapped in plastic wrap and butcher paper. These steaks often have been exposed to oxygen all day long. The exposure to oxygen can cause the meat to spoil faster, leading to off-flavors and odors, as well as harmful bacterial growth. You might also find vacuum-sealed meat. A vacuum seal prevents oxygen from reaching your steak, extending its shelf life.

When storing raw steak in the fridge, it’s important to remember these key points:

  • Store the raw steak in its original, unopened packaging or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil if it’s been opened (It helps to prevent air exposure and cross-contamination).
  • Vacuum sealing is the best way to store raw steak in the fridge.
  • Always keep the temperature of your fridge at or below 40°F (4°C).
  • If you don’t plan to use the raw steak within 3-5 days of purchase, it’s best to freeze it for longer storage in the freezer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does raw steak last in the freezer?

Raw steak can last in the freezer for 4 to 12 months. To ensure it stays fresh during storage, it’s important to learn how to freeze steak properly.

How long can raw steak sit out at room temperature? 

You shouldn’t leave steak at room temperature for more than two hours. Otherwise, the steak won’t be safe to use.

What is the best way to thaw a frozen steak?

One of the safest and easiest ways to thaw a frozen steak is by leaving it in the fridge. Thinner cuts usually defrost in a few hours, while larger and thicker cuts like rib eye or New York strip may take around 24 hours to defrost.

How long will my thawed raw steak last in the fridge?

After defrosting your frozen steak through safe methods such as leaving it in the fridge overnight or in cold water, you can keep it in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. However, this rule does not apply to steaks defrosted using quick methods like a microwave; they must be cooked immediately to ensure safety.

How can I tell whether my steak is bad?    

Using your senses is the best way to determine if a steak has gone bad. Inspect the steak visually for any signs of discoloration or slime, and give it a sniff to check for a sour or unpleasant odor. Don’t use any steak with an unusual smell or appearance.

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Written by: Adam Wojtow

Adam is the founder of Steak Revolution. He loves sharing his knowledge of steaks with everyone, ensuring you get the perfect steak every time.