Watch Cooking Channel

Expendables 2, or How to Make the Most of Old Meat

Expendables 2

Expendables 2 came out today. The movie about old action stars like Bruce Willis (age 57), Sylvester Stallone (age 66), Arnold Schwarzenegger (age 65) and Chuck Norris (72!) shooting down bad guys got us thinking. Just how long can old meat be used before it’s time to cast it off completely? And what’s the best way to store it? You can assume a piece of beef that was in its prime in the early ’80s wouldn’t be edible today, but what are the timeline and guidelines for safe storage? Get our meat preservation tips after the jump.

Firstly, uncooked meat should be kept cold to prevent bacteria from infiltrating it like so many Somali pirates. It should be refrigerated below 35° F or frozen below 0° F. If you want to use it within four days of buying it, refrigeration is the way to go. Wrap it up to prevent it from drying out or contaminating other foods in the fridge. For longer storage in the freezer, keeping it wrapped up is key to prevent freezer burn (parts of the meat that become too dried out.) If you package it properly, you can keep beef, lamb and fish frozen for six months, and veal, pork and chicken for four months. It’s a smart thing to do because it allows you to buy food in bulk and freeze in small portions for use later on. Unlike Expendables 2, not everyone has a $100,000,000 budget.

For important tips on defrosting meat, check out our step-by-step slide show.

Bonus: When you’re ready to cook that meat, learn how to build your own grill (because that’s what Chuck Norris would do.)

Tags:

Comments (3006)

  1. Frank Kern posted 02/18/2013

    Frank Kern…

    [...]Here is a good Blog You may Uncover Fascinating that we Encourage You[...]…

  2. Roofing Minneapolis posted 02/18/2013

    Roofing Minneapolis…

    Thanks for your useful article. Other thing is that mesothelioma is generally the result of the inhalation of fibres from asbestos, which is a very toxic material. It truly is commonly witnessed among employees in the construction industry who have lon…

  3. UI Design Inspiration posted 02/18/2013

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  4. malibu sedan posted 02/18/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  5. north posted 02/18/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    [...]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]……

  6. nursing home pressure sore posted 02/18/2013

    nursing home pressure sore…

    [...]we came across a cool web-site that you simply might delight in. Take a search should you want[...]…

  7. Shalonda Reichman posted 02/19/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here yesterday, so I just took to piddeling around on the internet and found…

  8. seo consultant posted 02/19/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  9. samui villas posted 02/19/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    [...]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]……

  10. how to IMDb ranking posted 02/19/2013

    how to IMDb ranking…

    [...]always a major fan of linking to bloggers that I like but really don’t get a good deal of link enjoy from[...]…

  11. Pelican Bay condos for sale posted 02/19/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  12. real estate posted 02/19/2013

    real estate…

    Thanks for your tips. One thing I have noticed is that often banks and financial institutions know the spending patterns of consumers and understand that a lot of people max away their own credit cards around the vacations. They correctly take advantag…

  13. pickup $28 995 posted 02/19/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available [...]……

  14. escort service sydney posted 02/19/2013

    escort service sydney…

    [...]Every when inside a while we choose blogs that we study. Listed beneath would be the latest web sites that we choose [...]…

  15. Auto Traffic Conspiracy Review posted 02/20/2013

    Auto Traffic Conspiracy Review…

    [...]check beneath, are some entirely unrelated websites to ours, even so, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  16. Carpet cleaning news posted 02/20/2013

    Carpet cleaning news…

    [...]we came across a cool web-site that you just could possibly take pleasure in. Take a look in the event you want[...]…

  17. home brewing posted 02/20/2013

    Just Browsing…

    While I was browsing today I saw a great article about…

  18. remove plantar warts posted 02/20/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  19. remove warts posted 02/20/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  20. office rental singapore posted 02/21/2013

    Its hard to find good help…

    I am constantnly saying that its difficult to procure good help, but here is…

  21. spinal decompression New Port Richey FL…

    [...]very handful of web-sites that come about to be in depth beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly well really worth checking out[...]…

  22. gt500 posted 02/21/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  23. clip in hair extensions posted 02/21/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  24. Peter the Roman posted 02/21/2013

    Peter the Roman…

    [...]please visit the sites we adhere to, which includes this a single, because it represents our picks in the web[...]…

  25. legal nurse west virginia posted 02/21/2013

    legal nurse west virginia…

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related websites to ours, even so, they may be surely really worth going over[...]…

  26. baby kit posted 02/21/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its difficult to find informative and accurate info but here I found…

  27. seo posted 02/21/2013

    seo…

    [...]we came across a cool web site that you just may possibly appreciate. Take a search for those who want[...]…

  28. goldenisland.info posted 02/21/2013

    Just Browsing…

    While I was surfing today I noticed a excellent article about…

  29. Bartley New Launch posted 02/21/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting information…

  30. online surveys for money posted 02/22/2013

    online surveys for money…

  31. SFP+ posted 02/22/2013

    SFP+…

    [...]one of our guests not too long ago encouraged the following website[...]…

  32. Best Web Design posted 02/22/2013

    Best Web Design…

    [...]one of our visitors a short while ago advised the following website[...]…

  33. Laptop Battery posted 02/22/2013

    Laptop Battery…

    [...]below you will come across the link to some web sites that we feel you need to visit[...]…

  34. The interlace posted 02/22/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really cool info…

  35. Looking around…

    While I was surfing today I noticed a excellent post concerning…

  36. hotel furniture posted 02/22/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  37. Jumbo posted 02/23/2013

    Jumbo…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]…

  38. wedding planner posted 02/23/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  39. clasificados gratis posted 02/23/2013

    clasificados gratis…

    [...]Every once inside a whilst we choose blogs that we read. Listed beneath would be the most current web-sites that we opt for [...]…

  40. ECDL tanfolyam posted 02/23/2013

    ECDL tanfolyam…

    I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme? Outstanding work!…

  41. download android apps posted 02/24/2013

    download android apps…

    I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme? Fantastic work!…

  42. Google Places Optimization posted 02/24/2013

    Superb website…

    [...]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from[...]……

  43. new condo in kovan posted 02/24/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really cool info…

  44. Inventia posted 02/24/2013

    Inventia…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a handful of unrelated information, nonetheless truly worth taking a look, whoa did one find out about Mid East has got much more problerms too [...]…

  45. Maryland Daycare posted 02/24/2013

    Maryland Daycare…

    [...]Here are several of the web sites we advocate for our visitors[...]…

  46. threading la jolla posted 02/24/2013

    threading la jolla…

    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. thanks a lot…

  47. Kratom posted 02/25/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  48. virginia lottery pick 3 posted 02/25/2013

    virginia lottery pick 3…

    [...]we came across a cool web-site that you just may get pleasure from. Take a look in case you want[...]…

  49. Tapetkjøkken posted 02/25/2013

    Digg…

    While checking out DIGG today I noticed this…

  50. be a webcam model posted 02/25/2013

    You should check this out…

    [...] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]……

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c