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Food cold storage chart

 

Cold Storage Chart

Since product dates are not at all a guide for safe use of a product, consult this chart and follow these tips.
This will help to keep refrigerated food (40 Degree Farenheit ) from spoiling or becoming dangerous.
  • While purchasing the product, check out for the expiration dates.
  • Follow handling recommendations on product.
  • Keep meat and poultry in its package until just before using.
  • If freezing meat and poultry in its original package longer than 2 months, overwrap these packages with airtight heavy-duty foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper, or place the package inside a plastic bag.
Product Refrigerator Freezer
  Eggs :
  Fresh, in shell   3 weeks   Donít freeze
  Raw yolks, whites   2 to 4 days   1 year
  Hard cooked   1 week   Donít freeze well
  Liquid pasteurized eggs or egg substitutes, opened   3 days   Donít freeze
  Liquid pasteurized eggs or egg substitutes, unopened   10 days   1 year
  Mayonnaise, commercial
  Refrigerate after opening   2 months   Donít freeze
  TV Dinners, Frozen Casseroles
  Keep frozen until ready to heat      3 to 4 months
  Deli & Vacuum-Packed Products
  Store-prepared (or homemade) egg, chicken,
tuna, ham, macaroni salads
  3 to 5 days   Donít freeze well
  Pre-stuffed pork & lamb chops,
chicken breasts stuffed w/dressing
  1 day   Donít freeze well
  Store-cooked convenience meals   3 to 4 days   Donít freeze well
  Commercial brand vacuum-packed
dinners w/ USDA seal, unopened
  2 weeks   Donít freeze well
  Raw Hamburger, Ground & Stew Meat
  Hamburger & stew meats   1 to 2 days   3 to 4 months
  Ground turkey, veal, pork, lamb
& mixtures of them
  1 to 2 days   3 to 4 months
  Ham, Corned Beef
  Corned beef in pouch
with pickling juices
  5 to 7 days   drained, 1 month
  Ham, fully cooked,   whole 7 days   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
  Hot Dogs & Lunch Meats
  Hot dogs, opened package   1 week   1 to 2 months
  Hot dogs, unopened package   2 weeks   1 to 2 months
  Lunch meats, opened package   3 to 5 days   1 to 2 months
  Lunch meats,unopened package   2 weeks   1 to 2 months
  Soups & Stews
  Vegetable or meat-added   3 to 4 days   2 to 3 months
  Bacon & Sausage
  Bacon   7 days   1 month
  Sausage, raw from pork, beef,
chicken or turkey
  1 to 2 days   1 to 2 months
  Smoked breakfast links, patties   7 days   1 to 2 months
  Fresh Meat (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
  Variety meats (tongue, kidneys,
liver, heart, chitterlings)
  1 to 2 days   3 to 4 months
  Meat Leftovers
  Cooked meat and meat dishes   3 to 4 days   2 to 3 months
  Gravy and meat broth   1 to 2 days   2 to 3 months
  Fresh Poultry
  Chicken or turkey, whole   1 to 2 days   1 year
  Chicken or turkey, parts   1 to 2 days   9 months
  Giblets   1 to 2 days   3 to 4 months
  Cooked Poultry, Leftover
  Fried chicken   3 to 4 days   4 months
  Cooked poultry dishes   3 to 4 days   4 to 6 months
  Pieces, plain   3 to 4 days    4 months
  Pieces covered with broth, gravy   1 to 2 days    6 months
  Chicken nuggets, patties   1 to 2 days   1 to 3 months

 


 
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