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It’s probably not often that you find yourself unable to finish that ribeye you cooked. But there might be the occasional time you go a little overboard and prepare more than the family can eat. With the price of steaks, the last thing you want is to have to throw the leftovers away.
That’s why we came up with this handy guide for saving steak leftovers and keeping them as fresh as possible until the next time you’re ready to enjoy them.
How to Store Leftover Steak in the Fridge
Storing meat the right way will make the difference between tender beef when reheated and meat that has the consistency of a hockey puck. The trick is to make sure you’re retaining as much of the natural juices of the steaks as possible, which will help to maintain both the texture and flavor of the beef. You also want to keep air away from the steaks, which can dry them out.
Using the right wrapping techniques can help you keep the integrity of your meat intact. Your best bet is to use a vacuum sealer to keep juices locked in and air out. However, these machines can be expensive. An alternative method is to wrap the steak leftovers in freezer paper, which is a thick, coated plastic paper that can lock in moisture and keep air away.
Wrap each piece of meat individually and tightly. Then, place them in a heavy-duty freezer bag in one layer. Lay the bag on a flat surface and zip the bag until only a small opening remains. Use your hands to squeeze out as much air as possible before zipping it closed.
The meat should lay flat in one layer on a refrigerator shelf with plenty of room around them for air to circulate and keep them cold. Also, keep your steaks on the bottom shelf to prevent any juices from potentially seeping out and contaminating other foods.
How Long is Steak Safe to Keep in the Refrigerator?
Some people use the sight and smell test to decide whether their leftovers are safe to eat. However, you can’t trust your eyes and nose only when it comes to steak leftovers. Although most foods appear to be just fine for up to a week in the refrigerator, that doesn’t mean that they’re safe to eat.
Generally, leftover steaks are safe in the fridge for about three days, given that you used the right techniques to store them. If you don’t think you’ll eat them in that amount of time, you can always place them in the freezer instead.
Reheating Leftover Steak
Although the microwave is the preferred method when it comes to reheating steak, it’s definitely one you should stay away from if possible. The microwave can dry out your beef, making it taste and feel different than it did the first time around.
As always, Steak University is here to help you out. Check out this in-depth guide for reheating steak so you can enjoy yours just as much the second time.
Conclusion: Saving Steak Leftovers the Right Way
At Chicago Steak Company, we’re dedicated to making sure the beef you order stays as fresh as possible from our facility to your home. We also want to make sure that you can enjoy your steaks to their full potential, which is why we offer invaluable resources through Steak University to help you learn proper cooking, storing, freezing, and other methods to create the perfect beef dinner every time. Enjoy!