I only want to use part of a frozen pack. How can I portion out frozen meat?
According to the USDA's guidelines for safe meat handling, meat remains safe as long as it stays below 40°F.
This allows you to partially thaw a pack of meat in the refrigerator until you can separate or cut the parts you want to cook, from the rest. It is then completely safe to rewrap the remaining amount and put it back in the freezer.
You should notice no loss of quality in the meat that gets put back in the freezer. Please note that we do not recommend the cold water method of thawing for this. For more information on thawing methods, please see our FAQ’s here.
Alternatively, you can fully thaw the meat, cook it all, and then freeze whatever you don’t plan to eat immediately.