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Safely Storing Food in the Freezer - How Long Does Frozen Food Stay Fresh

Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:17 pm
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A common question for anyone who owns a home freezer: how long does food last? or more precisely: how long does it stay fresh and taste good? First of all your freezer should be at 0 degrees or lower. Then be sure to wrap twice with plastic, foil, baggies or plastic containers and date. It's surprising how often you forget how old something is. If you simply have some labels and a marker on hand, then get in the habit of dating and naming everything that goes in the freezer, that way you'll know exactly how old everything is, and you won't have to guess.

These are all approximate guidelines, various factors will have an affect on the food such as how often you open up the freezer, how well packaged the food is etc... It's a good idea to at least once a year do a thorough cleaning and throw away any old food and also to defrost the freezer at this point. 

How Long To Store Food in Freezer Guidelines 
Product 
Time
  
Baked Goods
 
Bread
3 months
Cakes
3 - 5 months
Cookies
6 months
Pies & Pastry
2 months
  
Dairy
 
Butter
6 months
Cheese
4 months
Ice Cream
1 - 3 months
Egg Whites
6 months
Egg Yolks
8 months
  
Fish & Shellfish
 
Fat Fish
3 months
Lean Fish
6 months
Shellfish
3 months
  
Poultry
 
Whole Chicken
3 - 6 months
Chicken Pieces
3 months
Cooked Chicken
1 month
Turkey
6 months
  
Meat
 
Beef
6 - 12 months
Pork
3 - 6 months
Lamb
6 - 9 months
Veal
6 - 9 months
Ground Meats
3 - 4  months
Ham
1 - 2 months
Bacon
1 month
Hot Dogs
1 month
Sausage
2 months
Variety Meats
3 - 4 months
Leftover cooked meat
3 months
  
Vegetables 
 
Commercially frozen
8 months
Home frozen
12 months
  
Fruits
 
Commercially frozen
12 months
Home frozen
12 months 


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