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How long is ground beef good after it has been thawed?

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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.

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