Food Storage Shelf Life Guidelines For The Refrigerator and Freezer

March 2nd, 2012 by Craig Mullins

Ever wondered about the shelf life of various food items after you put them in the refrigerator and freezer? So do I! I found this great chart from FoodSafety.gov that lets you know how long Aunt Jackie’s Turkey will stay good for. 🙂

Food Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer

These short but safe time limits for home-refrigerated foods will keep them from
spoiling or becoming dangerous to eat. The guidelines for freezer storage are for
quality only. Frozen foods remain safe indefinitely.

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

Food Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer

food storage shelf life guidelines

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