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Food Storage Guidelines

Food Item Refrigerator (40°F) Freezer (0°F)
Eggs Fresh, in shell 3 Weeks Not Recommended
Raw yolks, whites 2-4 Days 1 year
Hardcooked eggs 1 Week Not Recommended
Liquid pasteurized eggs or egg substitute — opened 3 Days Not Recommended
Liquid pasteurized eggs or egg substitute — unopened 10 Days 1 year
Commercial, refrigerate after opening 2 Months Not Recommended
Store-made or homemade egg, chicken, tuna, ham, macaroni salads 3-5 Days Not Recommended
Pre-stuffed pork & lamb chops, chicken breasts stuffed with dressing 1 Day Not Recommended
Store-cooked convenience meals 1-2 Days Not Recommended
Commercial brand vacuum-packed dinners with USDA seal 2 Weeks, unopened Not Recommended
Vegetable or meat-added 3-4 Days 2-3 Months
Hotdogs — opened package 1 Week 1-2 months
Hotdogs — unopened package 2 Weeks 1-2 months
Lunch meats — opened 3-5 Days 1-2 months
Lunch meats — unopened 2 Weeks 1-2 months
Bacon 7 Days 1 Month
Sausage, raw from pork, beef, turkey 1-2 Days 1-2 Months
Smoked breakfast links, patties 7 Days 1-2 Months
Hard sausage — pepperoni, jerky sticks 2-3 Weeks 1-2 Months
Ham, fully cooked — whole 7 Days 1-2 Months
Ham, fully cooked — half 3-5 Days 1-2 Months
Ham, fully cooked — slices 3-4 Days 1-2 Months
Hamburger and stew meats 1-2 Days 3-4 Months
Ground veal, pork, lamb and mixtures of them 1-2 Days 3-4 Months
Steaks, beef 3-5 Days 6-12 Months
Chops, pork 3-5 Days 4-6 Months
Chops, lamb 3-5 Days 6-9 Months
Roasts, beef 3-5 Days 6-12 Months
Roasts, lamb 3-5 Days 6-9 Months
Roasts, pork and veal 3-5 Days 4-6 Months
Cooked meat and meat dishes 3-4 Days 2-3 Months
Gravy and meat broth 1-2 Days 2-3 Months
Chicken or turkey, whole 1-2 Days 1 Year
Chicken or turkey pieces 1-2 Days 9 Months
Ground turkey 1-2 Days 3-4 Months
Fried chicken 3-4 Days 4 Months
Cooked poultry dishes 3-4 Days 4-6 Months