The key to storing and freezing meat effectively is in how you wrap meat for the freezer. Freezer burn, the most common cause of wasted meat in the freezer, is the process of dehydration that happens when meat isn’t wrapped properly. Most people don’t realize it, but even ice evaporates in the freezer over time (ever notice how ice cubes get smaller as they sit there?). Here is how to protect the meat to maintain its maximum flavor and freshness. 

How to Wrap Meat for the Freezer:

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Here is the visual step by step: 

1. Remove any store wrapping.

2. Place the meat in the center of a piece of plastic wrap on a flat surface.

3. Encase the meat with plastic by folding over one side and pressing out all of the air. Repeat with the other side, pressing out any air again. You will have two “wings” of plastic available on the other sides.

4. Fold the first wing over the meat and the second overlapping the first so you have a fully encased piece of meat.

5. Repeat this process with a second piece of plastic so you have a double coating.

6. Put the plastic-wrapped meat in a re-sealable plastic bag, pressing out any air as you seal it.

7. Label the bag clearly with a permanent marker with the date it was frozen and the contents of the bag. You may think you will remember what is in it, but you will be glad you labeled it six months from now. Make sure you practice “first in, first out” and use first what you froze first.

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Georgia Pellegrini

Growing up on her family’s farm in upstate New York, Georgia developed a passion for simple farm-to table food and a deep connection to the outdoors. Having worked in the finance world after college, she decided to leave her cubicle and reconnect with her roots. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, she began working in Michelin restaurants in New York and France, and soon started leading her renowned Adventure Getaways: excursions around the country aimed at promoting “manual literacy” and helping participants step outside of their comfort zone and experience life more viscerally. Georgia is a firm believer in empowering people to be self-sufficient, identify personal strengths and pursue their life passions.