What’s On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging

Appendix 3—Storing Cold Food

Product Refrigerator (40 °F or below) Freezer (0 °F or below)
Eggs*
   
Raw eggs in shell 3 to 5 weeks Do not freeze. Instead, beat yolks and whites together; then freeze.
Hard-cooked eggs 1 week Do not freeze.
Salads
   
Egg, chicken, ham, tuna & macaroni salads 3 to 5 days Does not freeze well.
Hot Dogs
   
Opened package 1 week 1 to 2 months
Unopened package 2 weeks 1 to 2 months
Luncheon Meats
   
Opened package or deli sliced 3 to 5 days 1 to 2 months
Unopened package 2 weeks 1 to 2 months
Bacon & Sausage
   
Bacon 7 days 1 month
Sausage, raw — from chicken, turkey, pork, beef 1 to 2 days 1 to 2 months
Hamburger & Other Ground Meats
   
Hamburger, ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb, & mixtures of them 1 to 2 days 3 to 4 months
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork
   
Steaks 3 to 5 days 6 to 12 months
Chops 3 to 5 days 4 to 6 months
Roasts 3 to 5 days 4 to 12 months
Fresh Poultry
   
Chicken or turkey, whole 1 to 2 days 1 year
Chicken or turkey, pieces 1 to 2 days 9 months
Soups & Stews
   
Vegetable or meat added 3 to 4 days 2 to 3 months
Leftovers
   
Cooked meat or poultry 3 to 4 days 2 to 6 months
Chicken nuggets or patties 3 to 4 days 1 to 3 months

*For more detailed information, visit www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/eggstorage.html.

Fecha de publicación: Septiembre 2011
Última actualización: Octubre 5, 2012