I bought 2 10 lb beef rib roasts for Christmas. We had to pick them up from the butcher yesterday (12/14/2010). (Not alot of choice there, we had to go out of town & won't have time to make another trip) The expiration sticker says good until 12/19/2010. I really hate to freeze them since we splurged for good quality. Think if I keep them in the coldest part of the fridge they'll hold until the 25th? I'll freeze them if I need to, but would rather not. I'll probably end up calling the butcher but want your opinions also.
I don't want this to get into a big debate about food safety, there are plenty of those threads already. I just want an idea how long meat can stay "good" for.