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.

CategoryFoodRefrigerator

(40 °F or below)

Freezer

(0 °F or below)

SaladsEgg, chicken, ham, tuna & macaroni salads3 to 5 daysDoes not freeze well
Hot dogsopened package1 week1 to 2 months
unopened package2 weeks1 to 2 months
Luncheon meatopened package or deli sliced3 to 5 days1 to 2 months
unopened package2 weeks1 to 2 months
Bacon & SausageBacon7 days1 month
Sausage, raw — from chicken, turkey, pork, beef1 to 2 days1 to 2 months
Hamburger & Other Ground MeatsHamburger, ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb, & mixtures of them1 to 2 days3 to 4 months
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb & PorkSteaks3 to 5 days6 to 12 months
Chops3 to 5 days4 to 6 months
Roasts3 to 5 days4 to 12 months
Fresh PoultryChicken or turkey, whole1 to 2 days1 year
Chicken or turkey, pieces1 to 2 days9 months
Soups & StewsVegetable or meat added3 to 4 days2 to 3 months
LeftoversCooked meat or poultry3 to 4 days2 to 6 months
Chicken nuggets or patties3 to 4 days1 to 3 months
Pizza3 to 4 days1 to 2 months

Food Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer

food storage shelf life guidelines

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