Cold Storage Shelf Life of Foods


Refrigerator – 40 degrees F (4 degrees C)
Freezer – 0 degrees F (18 degrees C)

Bacon
    Refrigerator: 7 days
    Freezer: 1 month

Bread, biscuits, rolls, muffins
    Refrigerator: 14 days
    Freezer: 5-6 months

Butter, margarine
    Refrigerator: 7-30 days
    Freezer: 6-8 months

Casseroles, frozen
    Refrigerator: Keep frozen until ready to heat
    Freezer: 4 months

Cheese, hard
    Refrigerator: 3 – 9 months
    Freezer: 1 -2 years

Cheese, soft
    Refrigerator: 7-14 days
    Freezer: 1 year

Chicken, fresh – giblets
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 3-4 months

Chicken, fresh – parts
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 9 months

Chicken, fresh – whole
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 1 years

Chicken, fried
    Refrigerator: 3-4 days
    Freezer: 4 months

Chicken Nuggets
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 1-3 months

Chicken Patties
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 1-3 months

Chops
    Refrigerator: 3-5 days
    Freezer: 4-6 months

Corned Beef in Pouch with Pickling Juices
    Refrigerator: 5-7 days
    Freezer: Drained, 1 month

Deli and Vacuum-Packed Products
    Refrigerator: 3-5 days
    Freezer: Do not freeze

Eggs – fresh in shell
    Refrigerator: 3 weeks
    Freezer: Do not freeze

Eggs – raw yolks, whites
    Refrigerator: 2-4 days
    Freezer: 1 year

Fish, cooked
    Refrigerator: 3-4 days
    Freezer: 12 months

Fish, fresh
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 12 months

Fruit, cooked
    Refrigerator: 4-5 days
    Freezer: 12 months

Fruit, frozen
    Refrigerator: 7 days
    Freezer: 12 months

Fruit, soft-skinned
    Refrigerator: 13-14 days
    Freezer: 12 months

Fruit, firm or hard-skinned
    Refrigerator: 1-3 months
    Freezer: 12 months

Gravy and meat broth
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 3-4 months

Ground lamb, pork, turkey, veal and mixtures of them
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 3-4 months

Ham, canned, opened
    Refrigerator: 3-5 days
    Freezer: 1-2 months

Ham, canned, unopened
    Refrigerator: 6-9 months
    Freezer: Do not freeze

Ham, fully cooked, half
    Refrigerator: 3-5 days
    Freezer: 1-2 months

Ham, fully cooked, slices
    Refrigerator: 3-4 days
    Freezer: 1-2 months

Ham, fully cooked, whole
    Refrigerator: 7 days
    Freezer: 1-2 months

Hamburger
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 3-4 months

Hot Dogs, opened package
    Refrigerator: 1 week
    Freezer: 1-2 months

Hot Dogs, unopened package
    Refrigerator: 2 weeks
    Freezer: 1-2 months

Juices, fruit and vegetables, fresh, frozen
    Refrigerator: 5-6 days
    Freezer: 12 months

Lunch meat, opened package
    Refrigerator: 1 week
    Freezer: 1-2 months

Lunch meat, unopened package
    Refrigerator: 2 weeks
    Freezer: 1-2 months

Mayonnaise, commercial
    Refrigerator: 2 months after opening
    Freezer: Do not freeze

Poultry, cooked pieces, covered with broth or gravy
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 6 months

Poultry, cooked pieces, plain
    Refrigerator: 3-4 days
    Freezer: 4 months

Poultry dishes, cooked
    Refrigerator: 3-4 days
    Freezer: 4-6 months

Pre-stuffed pork or lamb chops, chicken breasts stuffed w/dressing
    Refrigerator: 3-4 days
    Freezer: Do not freeze well

Roasts
    Refrigerator: 3-5 days
    Freezer: 4-12 months

Sausage, raw from pork, beef, chicken or turkey
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 1-2 months

Smoked breakfast links, patties
    Refrigerator: 7 days
    Freezer: 1-2 months

Soups and Stews – vegetable or meat
    Refrigerator: 3-4 days
    Freezer: 2-3 months

Steaks, fresh
    Refrigerator: 3-5 days
    Freezer: 6-12 months

Stew meat
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 3-4 months

Summer sausage, opened package
    Refrigerator: 3 weeks
    Freezer: 1-2 months

Summer sausage, unopened package
    Refrigerator: 3 months
    Freezer: 1-2 months

Turkey, fresh – giblets
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 3-4 months

Turkey, fresh – parts
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 9 months

Turkey, fresh – whole
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 1 year

TV Dinners
    Refrigerator: Keep frozen until ready to heat
    Freezer: 4 months

Variety meats (tongue, kidneys, liver, heart, chitterlings)
    Refrigerator: 1-2 days
    Freezer: 3-4 months

Vegetables, cooked
    Refrigerator: 4-5 days
    Freezer: 12 months

Vegetables, frozen
    Refrigerator: 7 days
    Freezer: 12 months

Vegetables, soft-skinned
    Refrigerator: 13-14 days
    Freezer: 12 months

Vegetables, firm or hard-skinned
    Refrigerator: 1-3 months
    Freezer: 12 months

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