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

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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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Adapted from Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA

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In most cases, food that you bring home is not eaten all of it right away. This forces you to have effective means of storage to maximize the flavor and nutritional value of the food. You also don’t want to eat food that stale or not fresh.

I was recently cleaning out

I was recently cleaning out my freezer and came across some steaks and pork chops that I remember buying over 18 months ago from a meat market. They've been frozen the whole time. Are they still good to eat?

The recommendation for

The recommendation for uncooked meat is to discard after 12 months.

how long will bullhead keep

how long will bullhead keep in the freezer and if its been at least five years will it still be ok to eat?

The recommendation for

The recommendation for catfish is to discard after 8 months in the freezer.

I vacuum pack my beef as soon

I vacuum pack my beef as soon as I pick it up . Already cut wrapped and frozen. Put it in the freezer.my ground beef lasts at least 2 yrs and the whole cuts I don't know how long found a roast buried in the freezer that was 5 yrs old and it was perfect!

I defrosted a pork chop in

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

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/w...

May I ask what method was

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

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

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

As far as I'm concerned, if

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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