Unopened meat may be kept in its original store packaging when refrigerating — do not open package until ready to use.
If freezing, place in freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
If freezing for longer than 2 months, overwrap original store packaging with airtight heavy-duty aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper or place the package inside a heavy-duty freezer bag in order to prevent freezer burn.
Freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
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