■ Refrigerate raw ground beef and use within a few days after the ‘sell by’ date for best quality.
■ Refrigerate cooked meat for up to a week. Freeze for longer storage; use within 2 to 3 months in any recipe using cooked ground beef.
■ Freeze raw ground beef to store longer.
Divide into amounts that would be used at one time.
Flattened squares or circles about 1-inch thick thaw more quickly than a ball or tube shape.
Package in freezer-quality wrap. Exclude as much air as possible; label and date. For best quality use within 4 months.