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The beef I bought was ground on the 8th. Is it safe to freeze on the 11th.

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The advice from the Food Standards Agency in the UK is that food can be frozen up to midnight on the use-by date on the packaging. If you're still within that timeframe and the beef has been stored properly then you should be ok to freeze it. If there's no use-by date on the packaging or the beef hasn't been refrigerated since purchase then don't risk it.

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Freezing “stoops time” with regards to food safety. Therefore the question hinges on whether the beef is still safe now, which in turn depends on whether it’s

  • packaged commercially with a specific gas mix
  • or freshly ground at the butcher’s or at home?

The latter is certainly unsafe by now, for the former, check the label.

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