Storage Chart

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Refrigerator 

4ºC (40ºF)

Freezer 

-18ºC (0ºF)

  Fresh meat

Beef – Steaks, Roasts 2-4 days 10-12 months
Pork-Chops, Roasts 2-4 days 8-12 months
Lamb-Chops, Roasts 2-4 days 8-12 months
Veal Roasts 3-4 days 8-12 months

  Fresh poultry

Chicken, Turkey – whole 2-3 days 1 year
Chicken, Turkey – pieces 2-3 days 6 months

  Fresh fish

Lean fish (e.g., cod, flounder) 3-4 days 6 months
Fatty fish (e.g., salmon) 3-4 days 2 months
Shellfish (e.g., clams, crab, lobster) 12-24 hours 2-4 months
Scallops, Shrimp, Cooked Shellfish 1-2 days 2-4 months

  Ham

Canned ham 6-9 months Don’t Freeze
Ham, fully cooked (half & slices) 3-4 days 2-3 months

  Bacon & sausage

Bacon 1 week 1 month
Sausage, raw (pork, beef, turkey) 1-2 days 1-2 months
Pre-cooked, smoked links or patties 1 week 1-2 months

  Leftovers

Cooked meat, stews, egg or vegetable dishes 3-4 days 2-3 months
Gravy & meat broth 1-2 days 2-3 months
Cooked poultry & fish 3-4 days 4-6 months
Soups 2-3 days 4 months

  Hot dogs & lunch meats

Hotdogs 2 weeks 1-2 months
Hotdogs – opened 1 week
Lunch meats 2 weeks 1-2 months
Lunch meats – opened 3-5 days 1-2 months

  Deli foods

Deli meats 3-4 days 2-3 months
Store-prepared or homemade salads 3-5 days Don’t freeze

  TV dinners / Frozen casseroles

Keep frozen until ready to serve 3-4 months

  Eggs

Fresh – in shell 3-4 weeks Don’t freeze
Fresh – out of shell 2-4 days 4 months
Hardcooked 1 week Doesn’t freeze well
Egg substitutes 10 days 1 year
Opened 3 days Don’t freeze

  Dairy products

Milk Check best before date 6 weeks
Milk – opened 3 days
Cottage cheese Check best before date Doesn’t freeze well
Cottage cheese – opened 3 days
Yogurt Check best before date 1-2 months
Yogurt – opened 3 days
Cheese – Soft 1 week Doesn’t freeze well
Cheese – Semi-soft 2-3 weeks 8 weeks
Cheese – Firm 5 weeks 3 months
Cheese – Hard 10 months Up to a year
Cheese – Processed Several months 3 months
Cheese – Opened 3-4 weeks Don’t freeze
Butter – Salter 8 weeks 1 year
Butter – Unsalted 8 weeks 3 months
Butter – Opened 3 weeks Don’t freeze

  Commercial mayonnaise

(refrigerate after opening) 2 months Don’t freeze

  Vegetables

Beans, green or waxed 5 days 8 months
Carrots 2 weeks 10-12 months
Celery 2 weeks 10-12 months
Lettuce, leaf 3-7 days Don’t freeze
Lettuce, iceberg 1-2 weeks Don’t freeze
Spinach 2-4 days 10-12 months
Squash, summer 1 week 10-12 months
Squash, winter 2 weeks 10-12 months
Tomatoes Not recommended 2 months