If you can't use meat within two days of buying it, put it in the freezer. Follow these rules for the best results:
Freeze it for the short term. If you're freezing meat for only a week or two, it's fine to put it away in its original packaging.
Freeze it for longer. Place meat in heavy-duty freezer bags, squeeze out the air, and label and date the package. Use within four months. Note: Small amounts, like 1-pound portions or 4-oz. patties, defrost more quickly.
Thaw it safely. Defrost meat in the refrigerator overnight. But if you forgot to plan ahead, place it in a sealed, watertight plastic bag and submerge it in cold water. Refresh the water every 30 minutes.