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Sunday, June 27, 2010

How long can you Refrigerate or Freeze Food?

Im always worried how long I can store food because of all the stocking up I do..I thought this was a great article and wanted to share!
This was posted on Real Simple


How Long Can You Refrigerate or Freeze Food?.

By Elisa Huang
If you’re saving food in plastic bags, be sure to follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration guidelines for safe storage. Frozen foods can be stored indefinitely, but the flavor can change when food is stored past the time limits below.
Raw Beef Roast and Steaks
Refrigerator: 3 to 5 days
Freezer: 6 to 12 months

Raw Pork Roast and Chops
Refrigerator: 3 to 5 days
Freezer: 4 to 6 months

Raw Lamb Roast and Chops
Refrigerator: 3 to 5 days
Freezer: 6 to 9 months

Raw Veal Roast and Chops
Refrigerator: 3 to 5 days
Freezer: 4 to 6 months

Cooked Meat
Refrigerator: 3 to 4 days
Freezer: 2 to 3 months

Soup
Refrigerator: 3 to 4 days
Freezer: 2 to 3 months

Raw Chicken Pieces
Refrigerator: 1 to 2 days
Freezer: 9 months

Cooked Chicken Pieces
Refrigerator: 3 to 4 days
Freezer: 4 months


Times are based on a freezer set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. Storing and eating frozen foods past these deadlines isn't dangerous, but flavors and textures will begin to deteriorate.
Chicken or turkey pieces, uncooked: nine months

Fruit pies, unbaked: eight months

Fruit: 6 to 12 months

Steaks, uncooked: 6 to 12 months

Butter: 6 to 9 months

Lean fish: six months

Roasts, uncooked: 4 to 12 months

Chicken or turkey, cooked: 4 to 6 months

Chops, uncooked: 4 to 6 months

Shellfish, uncooked: 3 to 6 months

Hamburger: 3 to 4 months

Bread and cake: three months

Cookies, baked or dough: three months

Meat casseroles, cooked: three months

Fatty fish: 2 to 3 months

Soups and stews: 2 to 3 months

Ice cream and sorbet: two months

Ham, cooked: 1 to 2 months

Bacon: one month


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