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How to freeze mince meat

Learn the best way to freeze minced meat and how long you can freeze it for. When you want to use your minced meat, follow the instructions to defrost it and then try it in one of the recipe suggestions below.

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Tips for freezing mince meat

Minced meat is easy to cook, budget-friendly and super versatile. It's a great thing to have in the freezer, and raw mince freezes very well whether it's beef, lamb, chicken or pork and there are so many creative recipes to make with mince too!

How to freeze raw minced meat

It's best to freeze mince right after purchasing it for the best results. You can freeze minced meat in its supermarket packaging, but if you want it to defrost faster later, follow these steps:​

  1. Remove it from the store packaging and place it in a freezer bag. 
  2. Squeeze out excess air and flatten the mince into a thinner layer.
  3. Label and date the package before placing in the freezer.



How long can you freeze minced meat for?

Mince will stay at top quality for 2-3 months, after this time it will still be safe to eat but may lose quality.


How to defrost mince

There are a few ways to defrost mince depending on how much time you have.
  1. In the fridge: Keep the mince in it's packaging and place into another container to catch any liquid or condensation. Allow to defrost in the fridge, this may take up to 2 days depending on how much mince you're defrosting.
  2. With water: If your packaging is water-tight, you can place it in room temperature water, changing the water every 30 minutes until defrosted. This won't be as effective if your mince is frozen in supermarket trays because of the air pockets.
  3. In the microwave: This is the quickest way to defrost your mince meat. Take mince out of the packaging, place in a microwave safe bowl and use the defrost setting on your microwave. 


Get more mince recipe ideas for dinner here.

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