Shelf Life

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Shelf Life

Looking to get more out of your favorite foods? With this informative guide, you can learn how long they’ll keep in the fridge or freezer.
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Meat & Poultry:

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  • Food
    Refrigerator (40°F)
    Freezer (0°F)
  • 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
  • Variety meats (tongue, kidneys, liver, heart, chitterlings)
    1 to 2 days
    3 to 4 months
  • Hamburger & stew meats, raw
    1 to 2 days
    3 to 4 months
  • 2
  • Ham, Corned Beef
  • Corned beef in pouch with pickling juices
    5 to 7 days
    Drained, 1 month
  • Ham, canned, labeled
    "Keep Refrigerated"
    • Opened
    • UnOpened
    • 3 to 5 days
    • 6 to 9 months
    • 1 to 2 months
    • Don't freeze
  • Ham, fully cooked, whole
    7 days
    1 to 2 months
  • Ham, fully cooked, half
    3 to 5 days
    1 to 2 months
  • Ham, fully cooked, slices
    3 to 4 days
    1 to 2 months
  • 3
  • Bacon & Sausage
  • Bacon
    7 days
    1 month
  • Sausage, raw from pork, beef, chicken or turkey
    1 to 2 days
    1 to 2 months
  • Smoked breakfast links, patties
    7 days
    1 to 2 months
  • Summer sausage labeled
    "Keep Refrigerated"
    • Opened
    • UnOpened
    • 3 weeks
    • 3 months
    • 1 to 2 months
    • 1 to 2 months
  • Summer sausage labeled
    "Keep Refrigerated"
    • Opened
    • UnOpened
    • 3 weeks
    • 3 months
    • 1 to 2 months
    • 1 to 2 months
  • 4
  • Meat Leftovers
  • Cooked meat & meat dishes
    3 to 4 days
    2 to 3 months
  • Gravy & meat broth
    1 to 2 days
    2 to 3 months
  • 5
  • Raw Hamburger, Ground & Stew Meat
  • Hamburger & stew meats
    1 to 2 days
    3 to 4 months
  • Ground turkey, veal, pork, lamb
    1 to 2 days
    3 to 4 months
  • 6
  • Deli & Vacuum-Packed Products
  • Pre-stuffed pork & lamb chops, chicken breasts stuffed with dressing
           
    1 day
    Don't freeze
  • Store-cooked convenience meals
    3 to 4 days
    Don't freeze
  • Commerical brand vacuum-packed dinners with USDA seal, unopened
    2 weeks
    Don't freeze
  • 7
  • Hot Dogs & Lunch Meats
  • Hotdogs
    • Opened
    • UnOpened
    • 1 week
    • 2 weeks
    • 1 to 2 months
    • 1 to 2 months
  • Lunch meats
    • Opened
    • UnOpened
    • 3 to 5 days
    • 2 weeks
    • 1 to 2 months
    • 1 to 2 months
  • 8
  • Fresh Poultry
  • Chicken or turkey, whole
    1 to 2 days
    1 year
  • Chicken or turkey, parts
    1 to 2 days
    9 months
  • Giblets
    1 to 2 days
    3 to 4 months
  • 9
  • Cooked Poultry, Leftover
  • Fried Chicken
    3 to 4 days
    4 months
  • Cooked poultry dishes
    3 to 4 days
    4 to 6 months
  • pieces, plain
    3 to 4 days
    4 months
  • Pieces covered with broth, gravy
    1 to 2 days
    6 months
  • Chicken nuggets, patties
    1 to 2 days
    1 to 3 months
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