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Freezer Storage: How Long Will Food Keep? (Chart)

How long will your food keep in the freezer? See this freezer storage chart.

These times assume that the freezer temperature is maintained at 0°F (-18°C) or colder. The storage times are for quality only. Frozen foods remain safe almost indefinitely.

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Check out our tips on freezing food—including what NOT to freeze, how to freeze, safety, and refreezing. (See Related Articles above.)

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I defrosted a pork chop in

By Rose M. Palazzo

I defrosted a pork chop in the refrigerator and forgot about it for two days. Is this pork chop safe to eat. It smells fine and is not slimy. Help! Thank you.

After thawing a properly

By Almanac Staff

After thawing a properly frozen pork chop in the refrigerator, it should remain safe to eat within 3 to 5 days. You might be interested in the following publication from the USDA:

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/09091ea3-84d6-4b83-a04e-5123713...

May I ask what method was

By Becki

May I ask what method was used to freeze these cuts of meat? i.e., freezer paper and plastic wrap, vacuum sealer, freezer bags, tin foil, etc? Thanks

I made a pot roast from a

By Steve614

I made a pot roast from a chuck roast that had been in my freezer, uncooked, at zero degrees, for SIX YEARS! Also made a corned beef that had been frozen for five years. By the way, they were delicious!

the corned beef stayed there

By olive

the corned beef stayed there for too long its freeze life was from 2-4 years....

As far as I'm concerned, if

By steve614

As far as I'm concerned, if it tasted delicious and didn't make anyone sick the freezer life is at least what it was! I had a Stouffer's frozen lasagna in the same freezer for 10 years and it too was just like new. I don't know where you got your figures, but mine were from personal experience.

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