How Long Can I Store Marinated Food?

So you’re a super busy person, and you think that eating out is the logical thing to do when you’re working overtime. Next time, before you decide to pick up that large number one, side salad and 2 kids meals, why not try prepping your food beforehand?   This way you can just throw it on the stove when you get home after work.

I will admit that when I get home, there are days that I don’t feel like cooking. This past Friday night, I looked at the girlfriend and said “just order some Chinese”.  I thought it was a great idea, but I reconsidered after I paid the delivery guy $33 dollars for our order.  Although I did enjoy the takeout meal, I was kinda angry at myself for allowing it to happen. If you’re reading this blog then you’re very aware that money doesn’t grow on trees, and money is tight for us at the moment because of the holidays.   Then I made things a little bit tighter because I felt lazy after working an 11-hour work day. (I know, boo-hoo!)

marinated chicken

We all know that marinating adds so much flavor to meats. If you have an awesome marinade, that flavor will be absorbed and locked into the meat.   But how long will your dish last?

How long can I store marinated food for?

  • You can store marinated poultry in your refrigerator for two to three days. Beef, veal, pork and lamb roasts, chops, and steaks may be stored up to five days.

Can I freeze marinated meat to make it last longer?

  • You can absolutely freeze marinated meat and will stay good for about 2 weeks!   When you take it our of the freezer, defrost in the refrigerator and it will continue to marinate as it defrosts. I find that it usually takes about a day to defrost chicken breasts in the fridge. However, if you’re starting off with meat that was frozen, you may not want to refreeze it. If the meat was frozen and NOT kept refrigerated (i.e., defrosted on the counter top or in the microwave), there’s a chance that bacteria could start to grow in the meat and freezing it again won’t kill the bacteria. This is not a problem if your meat is refrigerated and kept in an airtight container.

You can slice and dice up some meat and marinate it, then stick it in the freezer a couple days.   Then all you have to do is dump it in a pan, turn on your stove to med-high and let it simmer.   After the meat is just about to be cooked all the way through you can add any vegetables you’d like and they will also mix in nicely with the marinade.

Plate it with a side of any grain, potatoes, pasta, or noodles and your dinner is ready to go!

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