Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer
Information adapted from FoodSafety.gov
FoodRefrigerator
(40 °F or below)
Freezer
(0 °F or below)
Bacon & Sausage - Bacon7 days1 month
Bacon & Sausage - Sausage, raw 1 to 2 days1 to 2 months
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork - Chops3 to 5 days4 to 6 months
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork - Roasts3 to 5 days4 to 12 months
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork - Steaks3 to 5 days6 to 12 months
Fresh Poultry - Pieces1 to 2 days9 months
Fresh Poultry - Whole1 to 2 days1 year
Ground Meats - Beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb, & mixtures of them1 to 2 days3 to 4 months
Hot Dogs - Opened package1 week1 to 2 months
Hot Dogs - Unopened package2 weeks1 to 2 months
Leftovers - Chicken nuggets or patties3 to 4 days1 to 3 months
Leftovers - Cooked meat or poultry3 to 4 days2 to 6 months
Leftovers - Pizza3 to 4 days1 to 2 months
Lunch Meat - Opened package or deli sliced3 to 5 days1 to 2 months
Lunch Meat - Unopened package2 weeks1 to 2 months
Salads - Egg, chicken, ham, tuna & macaroni salad3 to 5 daysDoes not freeze well
Soups & Stews - Vegetable or meat added3 to 4 days2 to 3 months