Cold Storage Life of Foods
Category : Hints, Tips and Tricks
Food Refrigerator 4°C (40°F) Freezer -18°C (0°F)
Bacon 7 days 1 months
Bread, biscuits, rolls, muffins 14 days 5 - 6 months
Butter, margarine 7 - 30 days 6 - 8 months
Casseroles, frozen Keep frozen until ready to heat 4 months
Cheese, hard 3 - 9 months 1 - 2 years
Cheese, soft 7 - 14 days 12 months
Chicken, fresh - giblets 1 - 2 days 3 - 4 months
Chicken, fresh - parts 1 - 2 days 9 months
Chicken, fresh - whole 1 - 2 days 1 year
Chicken, fried 3 - 4 days 4 months
Chicken nuggets 1 - 2 days 1 - 3 months
Chicken patties 1 - 2 days 1 - 3 months
Chops 3 - 5 days 4 - 6 months
Corned beef in pouch with pickling juices 5 - 7 days Drained, 1 month
Deli and vacuum-packed products 3 - 5 days Do not freeze well
Eggs - fresh, in shell 3 weeks Do not freeze
Eggs - raw yokes, whites 2 - 4 days 1 year
Fish, cooked 3 - 4 days 12 months
Fish, fresh 1 - 2 days 12 months
Fruit, cooked 4 - 5 days 12 months
Fruit, frozen 7 days 12 months
Fruit, soft-skinned 13 - 14 days 12 months
Fruit, firm or hard-skinned 1 - 3 months 12 months
Gravy and meat broth 1 - 2 days 3 - 4 months
Ground lamb, pork, turkey, veal and mixtures of them 1 - 2 days 3 - 4 months
Ham, canned, opened 3 - 5 days 1 - 2 months
Ham, canned, unopened 6 - 9 months Do not freeze
Ham, fully cooked, half 3 - 5 days 1 - 2 months
Ham, fully cooked, slices 3 - 4 days 1 - 2 months
Ham, fully cooked, whole 7 days 1 - 2 months
Ham, fully cooked half 3 - 5 days 1 - 2 months
Ham, fully cooked slices 3 - 4 days 1 - 2 months
Ham, fully cooked whole 7 days 1 - 2 months
Hamburger 1 - 2 days 3 - 4 months
Hot dogs, opened package 1 week 1 - 2 months
Hot dogs, unopened package 2 weeks 1 - 2 months
Juices, fruit and vegetables, fresh, frozen 5 - 6 days 12 months
Lunch meat, opened package 1 week 1 - 2 months
Lunch meat, unopened package 2 weeks 1 - 2 months
Mayonnaise, commercial 2 months after opening Do not freeze
Poultry, cooked pieces, covered with broth or gravy 1 - 2 days 6 months
Poultry, cooked pieces, plain 3 - 4 days 4 months
Poultry dishes, cooked 3 - 4 days 4 - 6 months
Pre-stuffed pork or lamb chops, chicken breasts stuffed w/dressing 3 - 4 days Do not freeze well
Roasts 3 - 5 days 4 - 12 months
Sausage, raw from pork, beef, chicken or turkey 1 - 2 days 1 - 2 months
Smoked breakfast links, patties 7 days 1 - 2 months
Soups and stews - vegetable or meat 3 - 4 days 2 - 3 months
Steaks, fresh 3 - 5 days 6 - 12 months
Stew meats 1 - 2 days 3 - 4 months
Summer sausage, opened package 3 weeks 1 - 2 months
Summer sausage, unopened package 3 months 1 - 2 months
Turkey, fresh - giblets 1 - 2 days 3 - 4 months
Turkey, fresh - parts 1 - 2 days 9 months
Turkey, fresh - whole 1 - 2 days 1 year
TV dinners Keep frozen until ready to heat 4 months
Variety meats (tongue, kidneys, liver, heart, chitterlings) 1 - 2 days 3 - 4 months
Vegetables, cooked 4 - 5 days 12 months
Vegetables, frozen 7 days 12 months
Vegetables, soft-skinned 13 - 14 days 12 months
Vegetables, firm or hard-skinned 1 - 3 months 12 months