We have a terrible problem in our household: food waste. No matter how hard I try to store foods properly, far too much goes to waste. Lately our problem has been meats. I try to buy for 2 weeks at a time. This was never a problem until we moved into this house.
For some reason, keeping meats fresh in our fridge, or stored in the freezer, is not working. Chicken goes bad within a day. Ground beef bad within a few days. I’ll divide and freeze in an airtight Ziplock bag, only to thaw out a bag of rotten meat. What on earth is happening? The refrigerator is brand new, no issues keeping temperatures on either side. What is causing the meat to rot so quickly?
Today I had to throw out a pound of boneless chicken breasts ($6.19) and two pounds of lean ground beef ($12) down the drain. That’s over $18 going straight into the trash, instead of being made into 4-5 meals. Complete waste of money!
Any tips on storing meats? Particularly ground beef and chicken. So far we’ve had no issues with pork. I can’t afford to keep throwing money away like this, it adds up. We haven’t had any issues with produce going bad quickly either, which are also (mostly) stored in the refrigerator.
Ideally I’d like to buy our meats in bulk from a meat market, but I don’t dare risk doing that just yet when we can’t even keep a pound of something fresh. Imagine losing $100s in one fell swoop. Ouch. Purchasing from the local meat market could save us hundreds, but not until we can get a handle on this problem.