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How long can I keep in refrigerator?

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    How long can I keep in refrigerator?

    This is going to be a stupid question… I just bought some whole leg shanks that are still in the package from the farm to my butcher. It's Monday night so can I keep them in the refrigerator until Saturday? Or do I need to freeze them? If I need to freeze then I'd probably want to remove the membrane now. Need some advice!

    Edit: To clarify it's beef shank (don't know if that makes any difference).
    Last edited by eugenek; November 18, 2014, 09:03 AM.

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    Is the packaging air tight as in cryovac? If so, you shouldn't have any problems. Just make sure your fridge is at 35 degrees or so. Use a Maverick thermometer to make sure. I would also suggest putting the meat on the bottom of the fridge.
    I got a frozen wagyu brisket from Snake River Farms last Friday for the competition I am competing in this weekend. I put the brisket in my outside fridge and put my Maverick under the meat inside the pan and it read 46 degrees. I cleared out the bottom shelf of my indoor fridge and relocated the meat there. Temped at 32 degrees so I bumped the temp up a bit to 35. Thawing nicely and safely now

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      #3
      It looks like it's air tight and wrapped in a fairly thick plastic material. Thanks for the tip and good luck on your competition!

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      • FLBuckeye
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        Thanks! Have a good cook

      #4
      I don't think there are any stupid questions. My dad always said only stupid people that don't as questions. Have a good cook and let us know how it comes out.

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        #5
        So, if the meat you buy is not airtight and you vacuum bag it as soon as you get it home and keep it under 35*F it should be good for 5-6 days??

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