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Storage Times for Food in the Refrigerator and Freezer

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer

Category

Food

Refrigerator
(40 °F or below)

Freezer
(0 °F or below)

Salads

Egg, chicken, ham, tuna & macaroni salads

3 to 5 days Does not freeze well

Hot dogs

opened package

1 week 1 to 2 months

unopened package

2 weeks 1 to 2 months

Luncheon meat

opened package or deli sliced

3 to 5 days 1 to 2 months

unopened package

2 weeks 1 to 2 months

Bacon & Sausage

Bacon

7 days 1 month

Sausage, raw — from chicken, turkey, pork, beef

1 to 2 days 1 to 2 months

Hamburger & Other Ground Meats

Hamburger, ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb, & mixtures of them

1 to 2 days 3 to 4 months

Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork

Steaks

3 to 5 days 6 to 12 months

Chops

3 to 5 days 4 to 6 months

Roasts

3 to 5 days 4 to 12 months

Fresh Poultry

Chicken or turkey, whole

1 to 2 days 1 year

Chicken or turkey, pieces

1 to 2 days 9 months

Soups & Stews

Vegetable or meat added

3 to 4 days 2 to 3 months

Leftovers

Cooked meat or poultry

3 to 4 days 2 to 6 months

Chicken nuggets or patties

3 to 4 days 1 to 3 months

Pizza

3 to 4 days 1 to 2 months

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