Freezer Storage Timelines

by Katie on December 2, 2011

Do you ever wonder how long food lasts in the freezer?

When I first began filling up my freezer I struggled with knowing how long things stay fresh in there.   The freezer keeps it fresh for a while, but they sure don’t keep foods fresh indefinitely :)

I’ve compiled a list with freezer timelines for meats, freezer meals, and miscellaneous things!  I hope it helps you to have it all centrally located in one post!

Uncooked: 4-12 months
Ground, uncooked: 3-4 months
Roasts and Steaks: 6-12 months
Stew meat: 3-4 months
Cooked beef: 2-3 months

Roasts: 4-8 months
Chops: 3-4 months
Ground: 3-4 months
Sausage: 1-2 months
Smoked Sausage: 1-2 months
Bacon: 1 month
Ham: 1-2 months
Hot Dogs: 1-2 months
Lunchmeat: 1-2 months

Whole: 9-12 months
Parts: 9 months
Ground: 3-4 months
Cooked Poultry: 2-6 months
Lunchmeat: 1-2 months

Fatty Fish (Salmon): 2-3 months
Lean Fish (Cod or Flounder): 6 months
Cooked Fish: 2-3 months

Meals and Miscellaneous
Freezer Meals: 2-4 months
Soups: 3 months
Fruits and Vegetables: 8-12 months
Baked Goods: 2 months

I like to keep a copy of this information on my big freezer…so I don’t have to keep track of it all in my mind.

If you would like to print it out as well…use the print friendly button below!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Tiffanee December 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Perfect timing!! I have some things in my freezer I was getting worried about! Thanks so much for solving the problem for me. Printing it off now! THANKS!!


Katie December 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Great, Tiffanee!! I’m so glad it helps!!


Misty December 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I really need to print this out and post it on my freezer. I am all the time questioning things and looking through my notes from your class etc. That’s a GREAT idea!


Katie December 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Yep…put it right on the freezer and save yourself time!!


Dorothy Sellers June 4, 2015 at 9:23 pm

My mother in law has a freezer FULL of items! It was her mother’s who died April, 1988. My MIL says all the items in that freezer is still good! I’m not going to eat ANYTHING that comes out of that freezer!


Katie June 9, 2015 at 11:20 pm

Haha…that is so funny, Dorothy! I know someone who thinks, “If it’s frozen it’s good forever”, too. I don’t think she’s quite as bad as your MIL, but YIKES! I agree…I would not eat that.


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