As with all ground meats, as well as poultry, variety meats and seafood, ground meat or hamburger patties are only good for no more than 2 days after being thawed. Typically, refrigerators chill food at around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which can help retard spoilage and the build up of bacteria, but can only do so for a short time.
If left unopened, and preferably placed into a resealable plastic bag or wrapped in additional plastic wrap or aluminum foil, ground beef and other ground meats can stay at premium freshness and flavor for up to 2 months. After 2 months, the meat will still be good, but ice crystals will begin to form and the flavors of the meat will begin to wane.Learn More
Lemons and limes should be frozen in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and then placed in freezer bags. Lemons and limes can be preserved whole or in sections.Full Answer >
To freeze fresh broccoli, wash it in cold water, split it into florets if necessary, and boil the florets briefly. Immediately after boiling, the florets need to be immersed in ice water to stop the boiling process. The broccoli should then be spread out on a baking pan and frozen solid before going into a freezer-safe container.Full Answer >
When a freezer is not available, dry ice can be used to keep ice cubes frozen. The amount of dry ice required varies based on the size and location of the freezer. Gloves should always be used when handling dry ice to prevent direct contact with the substance.Full Answer >
Uncooked, uncured ham can be stored in the freezer for up to six months, while cooked, uncured ham can be frozen for three to four months. Uncooked cured ham can be frozen for three to four months, and cooked cured ham can be frozen for one to two months.Full Answer >