I only want to use part of a frozen pack. How can I portion out frozen meat?
According to the USDA, meat is not fully thawed until all of it reaches 32 degrees or more. This allows you to partially thaw a pack of meat in the refrigerator until the amount you want to thaw fully can be separated or cut down. It is then completely safe to put the remaining amount back in the freezer, after rewrapping. 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.