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Cold Storage Chart For Refrigerating and Freezing Food


Select a food category to view the USDA's recommended refrigerator and freezer storage time limits. The listed time limits will help keep refrigerated food (40°F) from spoiling and provide safe food protection. Because freezing 0°F) keeps food safe for long periods of time, the recommended storage times for the freezer are for quality only.



Bacon and Sausage

Beverages, Fruit

Dairy

Deli & Vacuum-packed Products

Dough

Eggs

Ham, Corned Beef

Hamburger, Ground and Stew Meat

Hot Dogs and Luncheon Meats

Mayonnaise, Commercial

Meat (Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork)

Meat Leftovers

Pizza

Poultry, Cooked

Poultry, Fresh

Seafood, Fish

Seafood, Shellfish

Soups and Stews

Stuffing


 

Bacon and Sausage

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Bacon

7 days

1 month

Sausage, raw from pork, beef, chicken or turkey

1-2 days

1-2 months

Smoked breakfast links, patties

7 days

1-2 months

Hard sausage - pepperoni, jerky sticks

2-3 weeks

1-2 months

Summer sausage labeled "Keep Refrigerated" - unopened

3 months

1-2 months

Summer sausage labeled "Keep Refrigerated" - opened

3 weeks

1-2 months

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Beverages, Fruit

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Juices in cartons, fruit drinks, punch - unopened

3 weeks

8-12 months

Juices in cartons, fruit drinks, punch - opened

7-10 days

8-12 months

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Dairy

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Butter

1-3 months

6-9 months

Buttermilk

7-14 days

3 months

Cheese, hard (such as Cheddar, Swiss) - unopened

6 months

6 months

Cheese, hard - opened

3-4 weeks

6 months

Cheese, soft (such as Brie, Bel Paese)

1 week

6 months

Cottage Cheese, Ricotta

1 week

Doesn't freeze well

Cream Cheese

2 weeks

Doesn't freeze well

Cream - whipped, ultrapasteurized

1 month

Doesn't freeze

Cream - whipped, sweetened

1 day

1-2 months

Cream - aerosol can, real whipped cream

3-4 weeks

Doesn't freeze

Cream - aerosol can, non-dairy topping

3 months

Doesn't freeze

Cream, Half and Half

3-4 days

4 months

Eggnog, commercial

3-5 days

6 months

Margarine

4-5 months

12 months

Milk

7 days

3 months

Pudding

Package date or 2 days after opening

Doesn't freeze

Sour cream

7-21 days

Doesn't freeze

Yogurt

7-14 days

1-2 months

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Deli & Vacuum-Packed Products

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Store-prepared (or homemade) egg, chicken, tuna, ham, macaroni salads

3-5 days

Doesn't freeze well

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Dough

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Tube cans of rolls, biscuits, pizza dough, etc.

Use By Date

Don't freeze

Ready-to-bake pie crust

Use By Date

2 months

Cookie dough

Use By Date

2 months

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Eggs

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Fresh, in shell

3-5 weeks

Don't freeze

Raw yolks, whites

2-4 days

1 year

Hardcooked

1 week

Doesn't freeze well

Liquid pasteurized eggs or substitutes - unopened

10 days

1 year

Liquid pasteurized eggs or substitutes - opened

3 days

Doesn't freeze well

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Ham

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Corned beef in pouch with pickling juices

5-7 days

drained, 1 month

Ham, canned, labeled "Keep Refrigerated" - unopened

6-9 months

Doesn't freeze

Ham, canned, labeled "Keep Refrigerated" - opened

3-5 days

1-2 months

Ham, fully cooked vacuum sealed at plant, undated, unopened

2 weeks

1-2 months

Ham, fully cooked vacuum sealed at plant, dated, unopened

Use By Date

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

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Hamburger

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Hamburger and stew meat

1-2 days

3-4 months

Ground turkey, veal, pork, lamb and mixtures of them

1-2 days

3-4 months

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Hot Dogs and Luncheon Meats

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Hot dogs, unopened package

2 weeks

1-2 months

Hot dogs, opened package

1 week

1-2 months

Luncheon meats, unopened package

2 weeks

1-2 months

Luncheon meats, opened package

3-5 days

1-2 months

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Mayonnaise, commercial

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Refrigerate after opening

2 months

Doesn't freeze

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Meat (Beef, Veal, Lamb and Pork)

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Steaks

3-5 days

6-12 months

Chops

3-5 days

4-6 months

Roasts

3-5 days

4-12 months

Variety meats (tongue, kidneys, liver, heart, chitterlings)

1-2 days

3-4 months

Pre-stuffed uncooked pork chops, lamb chops, or chicken breasts stuffed with dressing

1 day

Doesn't freeze well

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Meat leftovers

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Cooked meat and meat casseroles

3-4 days

2-3 months

Gravy and meat broth

1-2 days

2-3 months

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Pizza

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Pizza

3-4 days

1-2 months

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Poultry, Cooked

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Fried chicken

3-4 days

4 months

Cooked poultry casseroles

3-4 days

4-6 months

Pieces, plain

3-4 days

4 months

Pieces covered with broth, gravy

1-2 days

6 months

Chicken nuggets, patties

1-2 days

1-3 months

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Poultry, Fresh

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Chicken or turkey, whole

1-2 days

1 year

Chicken or turkey, pieces

1-2 days

9 months

Giblets

1-2 days

3-4 months

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Seafood, Fish

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Lean fish (Cod, Flounder, Haddock, Sole, etc)

1-2 days

6 months

Fatty fish (Bluefish, Mackerel, Salmon, etc.)

1-2 days

2-3 months

Cooked fish

3-4 days

4-6 months

Smoked fish

14 days or date on vacuum

2 months in vacuum package

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Seafood, Shellfish

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Shrimp, scallops, crayfish, squid, shucked clams, mussels and oysters

1-2 days

3-6 months

Live clams, mussels, crab, lobster and oysters

2-3 days

2-3 months

Cooked shellfish

3-4 days

3 months

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Soups and stews

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Vegetable or meat added

3-4 days

2-3 months

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Stuffing

Refrigerator (40°F)

Freezer (0°F)

Cooked stuffing

3-4 days

1 month