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Product

 

Refrigerator (40 °F)

 

Freezer (0 °F)

 

Eggs

 

Fresh, in shell

 

3 to 5 weeks

 

Don't freeze

 

Raw yolks, whites

 

2 to 4 days

 

1 year

 

Hardcooked

 

1 week

 

Don't freeze well

 

Liquid pasteurized eggs, egg substitutes,
opened

 

unopened

 

3 days

 

10 days

 

Don't freeze well

 

1 year

 

Mayonnaise

 

commercial refrigerate after opening

 

2 months

 

Doesn't freeze

 

Deli & Vacuum-Packed Products

 

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

 

3 to 5 days

 

Doesn't freeze well

 

Hot dogs & Luncheon Meats

 

Hot dogs,
opened package

 

unopened package

 

1 week

 

2 weeks

 

1 to 2 months

 

1 to 2 months

 

Luncheon meats, opened package

 

unopened package

 

3 to 5 days

 

2 weeks

 

1 to 2 months

 

1 to 2 months

 

Bacon & Sausage

 

Bacon

 

7 days

 

1 month

 

Sausage, raw from chicken, turkey, pork, beef

 

1 to 2 days

 

1 to 2 months

 

Smoked breakfast links, patties

 

7 days

 

1 to 2 months

 

Hard sausage--pepperoni, jerky sticks

 

2 to 3 weeks

 

1 to 2 months

 

Summer sausage--labeled "Keep Refrigerated"
opened

 

unopened

 

3 weeks

 

3 months

 

1 to 2 months

 

1 to 2 months

 

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

 

Doesn't freeze

 

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

 

2 weeks

 

1 to 2 months

 

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

 

"use by" date on package

 

1 to 2 months

 

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

 

Hamburger, Ground & Stew Meat

 

Hamburger & stew meat

 

1 to 2 days

 

3 to 4 months

 

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

 

1 to 2 days

 

3 to 4 months

 

Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb, Pork

 

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, liver, heart, kidneys, chitterlings

 

1 to 2 days

 

3 to 4 months

 

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

 

1 day

 

Don't freeze well

 

Soup & Stews

 

Vegetable or meat added

 

3 to 4 days

 

2 to 3 months

 

Meat Leftovers

 

Cooked meat and meat casseroles

 

3 to 4 days

 

2 to 3 months

 

Gravy and meat broth

 

1 to 2 days

 

2 to 3 months

 

Fresh Poultry

 

Chicken or turkey, whole

 

1 to 2 days

 

1 year

 

Chicken or turkey, pieces

 

1 to 2 days

 

9 months

 

Giblets

 

1 to 2 days

 

3 to 4 months

 

Cooked Poultry

 

Fried chicken

 

3 to 4 days

 

4 months

 

Cooked poultry casseroles

 

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

 

Pizza

 

Pizza

 

3 to 4 days

 

1 to 2 months

 

Stuffing

 

Stuffing--cooked

 

3 to 4 days

 

1 month

 

Beverages, Fruit

 

Juices in cartons, fruit drinks, punch

 

3 weeks unopened
7 to 10 days opened

 

8 to 12 months

 

Dairy

 

Butter

 

1 to 3 months

 

6 to 9 months

 

Buttermilk

 

7 to 14 days

 

3 months

 

Cheese, Hard (such as Cheddar, Swiss)

 

6 months, unopened
3 to 4 weeks, opened

 

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 to 2 months

 

Cream--Aerosol can, real whipped cream

 

3 to 4 weeks

 

Doesn't freeze

 

Cream--Aerosol can, non dairy topping

 

3 months

 

Doesn't freeze

 

Cream, Half and Half

 

3 to 4 days

 

4 months

 

Eggnog, commercial

 

3 to 5 days

 

6 months

 

Margarine

 

4 to 5 months

 

12 months

 

Milk

 

7 days

 

3 months

 

Pudding

 

package date; 2 days after opening

 

Doesn't freeze

 

Sour cream

 

7 to 21 days

 

Doesn't freeze

 

Yogurt

 

7 to 14 days

 

1 to 2 months

 

Dough

 

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 unopened or opened

 

2 months

 

Fish

 

Lean fish (cod, flounder, haddock, sole, etc.)

 

1 to 2 days

 

6 months

 

Fatty fish (bluefish, mackerel, salmon, etc.)

 

1 to 2 days

 

2 to 3 months

 

Cooked fish

 

3 to 4 days

 

4 to 6 months

 

Smoked fish

 

14 days or date on vacuum package

 

2 months in vacuum package

 

Shellfish

 

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

 

1 to 2 days

 

3 to 6 months

 

Live clams, mussels, crab, lobster and oysters

 

2 to 3 days

 

2 to 3 months

 

Cooked shellfish

 

3 to 4 days

 

3 months

 

Note: These short but safe time limits will help keep refrigerated foods from spoiling or becoming dangerous to eat. Because freezing keeps food safe indefinitely, recommended storage times are for quality only. Storage times are from date of purchase unless specified on chart. It is not important if a date expires after food is frozen.

 

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