The refrigerator method takes time, but it also buys you time if meal plans change. Ground beef, stew meat, poultry, and seafood are good in the fridge for a day or two before you cook them. Red meat cuts like steaks and pork chops last 3 to 5 days. With any other safe defrosting method, you’ll need to cook the food right away. If your food’s still frozen and you change your mind, it’s safe to put it back in the freezer for another day.