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Maximum Storage Time Recommendations For Fresh, Cooked, and Processed Meat

Type of Meat

Refrigerator (36° to 40°F)

Freezer (at 0°F or lower)

Chicken/Turkey Pieces

1 to 2 days

9 months

Chicken/Turkey Pieces

1 to 2 days

1 year

Chicken/Turkey Giblets

1 to 2 days

3 to 4 months

Steaks, Beef

3 to 5 days

16 to 12 months

Chops, Pork

3 to 5 days

4 to 6 months

Chops, Lamb

3 to 5 days

4 to 6 months

Roasts, Beef

3 to 5 days

4 to 12 monthss

Roast, Lambf

3 to 5 days

4 to 12 monthss

Roast, Pork and Veal

3 to 5 days

4 to 12 monthss

Stew Meats

1 to 2 days

3 to 4 months

Ground Meats

1 to 2 days

3 to 4 months

Organ Meats
(Liver, Heart, Kidneys)

1 to 2 days

3 to 4 months

Meat Leftovers –Cooked Meat, Meat Dishes

3 to 4 days

2 to 3 months

Gravy and Meat Broth

1 to 2 days

2 to 3 months

Hot Dogs, Opened

1 week

1 to 2 months

Hot Dogs, Unopened

1 week

1 to 2 months

Lunch Meats, Opened

3 to 5 days

1 to 2 months

Lunch Meats, Unopened

2 weeks

1 to 2 months

Bacon

7 days

1 month

Sausage

1 to 2 days

1 to 2 months

Smoked Sausage, Links or Patties

7 days

1 to 2 months

Corned Beef (in Pouch w/Pickling Juices)

5 to 7 days (drained and wrapped)

1 month (drained)

Ham, Canned, Unopened

6 to 9 months

Don’t freeze

Ham, Canned, Opened

3 to 5 days

1 to 2 months

Ham, Vacuum Sealed, Unopened

“use by” date on package

1 to 2 months

Ham, Fully Cooked,
Whole, Opened

7 days
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1 to 2 months

Ham, Fully Cooked, Half

3 to 5 days

1 to 2 months

Ham, Fully Cooked, Slices

3 to 4 days

1 to 2 months

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