How Long Does Ground Meat Last in the Freezer?

Buying bird in bulk is cost effective and helps healthier meals happen for your household.  Turkey is a tasty base for many meals—from meatballs and burgers to tacos and tetrazzini—the options are endless. But how long is ground turkey good in the freezer? Learn when to toss the turkey and how to keep it fresh for longer.

How to Store Ground Turkey in the Freezer

Before you freeze raw, ground turkey, look for the sell-by date. It’s best to freeze your ground turkey within 2 days of purchasing it, and no longer than 2 days after the sell-by date.

How long is ground turkey good in the freezer? 3-4 months for optimal freshness.

Frozen ground turkey is safe for up to 1 year in a freezer but may decrease quality and taste over time. For the freshest taste, it’s best to use within 4 months.

Pro-Tip: You can keep ground turkey in its original packaging. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil and place in a freezer-specific plastic bag. Don’t forget to write the date on the bag.

How Long is Hamburger Meat Good for in the Freezer?

Hamburger meat, AKA ground beef, should be treated similarly to ground turkey. For the best results, freeze it within 2 days of purchase. It will last in your freezer for up to a year, but it’s best if used within 4 months.

Prepare ground beef for the freezer in the same way you would ground turkey (see above).

Always defrost all ground meat in the refrigerator—this prevents dangerous bacteria from growing.

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