Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Times

Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Guidelines

Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Guidelines

Refrigerator storage times:

Fresh beef steaks: 2-4 days
Fresh beef roasts: 2-4 days
Fresh veal cuts: 2-4 days
Fresh Lamb cuts: 2-4 days
Fresh pork cuts: 2-4 days
Ground Beef, stew meat, Ground pork: 1-2 days
Smoked Ham,Kielbasa,Corned Beef: 30 days or before manufacturers sell by date

Freezer Storage Times:

Beef roasts and steaks: 6-12 months
Veals Chops and Roasts: 4-8 months
Pork chops: 3-5 months
Pork Roasts: 4-8 months
Lamb chops and Roasts: 6-9 months
Ground Meats, Stew Meat: 3-4 months
Smoked meats,Kielbasa, Hot Dogs,Bacon: 9-12 months

When buying fresh meat check for the recommended sell by date and either use or freeze before given date. Fresh beef is more likely to keep past the given sell by date than poultry. Use or freeze poultry products 1 day before given sell by date. When in doubt let your nose make the decision.  If meat has an offensive or foul odor before being cooked you should discard it or return it to the point of purchase for an exchange or refund if available.

These are just guidelines, keep in mind some meats may keep longer than said above in your freezer. However the texture or tenderness may be compromised. Make sure if you are freezing meat for an extended period of time to at least double wrap and place in a freezer bag to prevent freezer burn.

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