I tend to buy a bunch of meat in one shopping trip (mostly chicken and turkey cutlets, and ground lean beef and turkey), then freeze it for later use.
1) I tend to do a counter/fridge combo for thawing--let the meat sit on the counter to thaw overnight, then put in fridge in the morning to finish. Is this thoroughly disgusting and wrong?
2) Once thawed, how long should this meat stay fresh in the fridge? I know I can smell when it's gone bad, but is there a rule of thumb, on average?