In looking at the ground beef section of your grocer's meat case, you’ve probably noticed ground beef packaged in a number of ways. From the overwrapped foam or plastic trays most commonly used to tube-like, easy-to-store chub packaging, each packaging type offers unique benefits. Understanding each type can help you identify the one that will best fit your lifestyle.
The most common form of fresh ground beef packaging is overwrapped trays. This package type features air permeable overwrap with ground beef placed on an absorbent pad in a foam or plastic tray, giving it the most limited shelf life of all package types.
A case ready solution that comes in a tube-like package and typically includes a wide range of lean points and source grinds that are easy to store and portion. Our Certified® ground beef 1 lb. chubs now have new EZ Peel™ packaging, meeting consumers’ demand for meat packaging that requires as little contact with raw meat as possible.
EZ Peel™ is a trademark of Bemis Company, Inc.
This popular case ready solution is packaged and sealed at the plant in a plastic-lidded package to stay fresher longer.
FreshLast Pack is a vacuum-sealed package that seals in freshness naturally and without additives. This means less leaks and messes — from your cart to your car to your kitchen counter. The airtight packaging is freezer ready and helps to resist freezer burn while keeping beef fresh. The compact design takes up less space, using 65% less packaging than tray and overwrap packaging options. Ground beef in the FreshLast Pack has a deep red appearance thanks to the vacuum seal, which keeps oxygen out to preserve beef’s natural color.
It’s no coincidence that beef is often paired with certain ingredients in both recipes and menu items. Some of the top flavors to pair with beef include aged cheeses, bacon, barbecue sauce, bell peppers, garlic, mushrooms and onions.