How Long Does Raw Steak Last in the Fridge?

According to USDA, a raw steak can last about 3 to 5 days in the fridge. The key factor here is how it’s packaged. Good packaging is crucial – it keeps the steak safe from contaminants and slows down the growth of bacteria, which helps your steak stay fresh longer.

Most steaks you buy are wrapped in plastic and butcher paper. But the problem is, these steaks have been sitting around, exposed to air all day. When steak gets too much air, it spoils quicker. You’ll notice it starting to smell and taste off; it could even get bacteria on it. A much better choice is a vacuum-sealed steak. Vacuum-sealing packaging doesn’t let air get to the steak, so it stays good for a longer time.

FAQs

How to keep raw steak fresh for longer in the fridge?

Here’s what you need to do:

  • First, if your steak’s still in its original packaging and you haven’t opened it, just leave it like that. But if it’s opened, you should wrap it up tight in plastic wrap. This helps keep the air out and stops other food smells and bacteria from getting in.
  • What is the best way to store your steak in the fridge? Vacuum seal it. This is a great way to keep it fresh in the fridge.
  • Always make sure your fridge is cool enough, like at or below 40°F (4°C).
  • If you’re not planning on cooking that steak within the next 3 to 5 days after buying it, your best bet is to pop it in the freezer. Freezing is the way to keep it good for a longer time.
two vacuum packed strip steaks on a wood cutting board with logo steak revolution
Two vacuum-packed strip steaks on a wood-cutting board

How long is it safe to keep steak in the fridge after it’s thawed?

If you’ve thawed your steak safely, like leaving it in the fridge overnight or using cold water, you’re good to keep it in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. But remember, if you’ve used the microwave or any super-fast thawing technique, it’s best to cook that steak immediately. That’s your safest bet to enjoy a delicious and safe meal.

Thawed new york strip steak in the refrigerator
Thawed new york strip steak in the refrigerator

How to check if raw steak is bad?

Using your senses is the best way to determine if your steak has gone bad. First, look at the steak. Does it have any weird colors or a slimy texture? Then, take a whiff. If it smells off or sour, it’s not safe to eat. Remember, if the steak looks or smells strange, it’s better to play it safe and not use it.

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Written by: Adam Wojtow

Adam Wojtow is a Polish entrepreneur and writer who founded Steak Revolution in 2020 because of his passion for steaks. Adam has been cooking steaks for over 5 years, so he understands well all aspects of steak, from the types of steaks and their cooking times to choosing the best cooking technique for any steak.