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How Long Can You Freeze Foods For? | Freezer Storage Times |
This is a great chart for people who use the freezer often to store food for a long time.
You might be surprised to find that you can freeze most foods much longer than you imagined without a loss in quality.
This chart lists everything from raw meat to ready-to-eat desserts.
NOTE: These times assume that the freezer temperature is maintained at 0°F (-18°C) or colder.
The storage times are for quality only. Frozen foods remain safe almost indefinitely
How long can you freeze cheese for?
All cheeses, except those listed below 6 months
Cottage cheese, cream cheese, feta, goat, fresh mozzarella, Neufchâtel,
*Parmesan, processed cheese (opened) Not recommended
How long can you freeze dairy products for?
Butter 6 to 9 months
Cream, half-and-half 4 months
Ice cream 1 to 2 months
Margarine (not diet) 12 months
Milk 3 months
Yogurt 1 to 2 months
How long can you freeze fish and seafood for?
Clams, mussels, oysters, scallops, shrimp 3 to 6 months
Fatty fish (bluefish, mackerel, perch, salmon) 2 to 3 months
Lean fish (flounder, haddock, sole) 6 months
How long can you freeze fresh fruit for?
All fruit (except those listed below) 10 to 12 months
Avocados, bananas 3 months
Citrus fruit 4 to 6 months
Fruit Juices 8 to 12 months
How long can you freeze fresh vegetables for?
Artichokes, eggplant 6 to 8 months
Asparagus, rutabagas, turnips 8 to 10 months
*Bamboo shoots, cabbage, celery, cucumbers, endive, radishes, salad greens, watercress . Not recommended
Beans, beets, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, corn, greens kohlrabi, leeks, mushrooms, okra, onions, parsnips, peas, peppers, soybeans, spinach, summer squash 10 to 12 months Tomatoes (overripe or sliced) 2 months
How long can you freeze meat for?
Cooked 2 to 3
Ham, hot dogs, and lunch meats 1 to 2 months
Sausage, bacon 1 to 2 months
Uncooked, ground 3 to 4 months
Uncooked roasts, steaks, or chops 4 to 12 months
Wild game, uncooked 8 to 12 months
How long can you freeze poultry for?
Cooked 4 months
Giblets, uncooked 3 to 4 months
Uncooked 12 months
Uncooked parts 9 months
How long can you freeze other foods for?
Cakes 4 to 6 months
Casseroles 2 to 3 months
Cookie dough 2 months
Cookies 3 months
Fruit pies, baked 2 to 4 months
Fruit pies, unbaked 8 months
Pastry, unbaked 2 months
Pumpkin or chiffon pies 1 month
Quick breads 2 months
Raw egg yolks, whites 12 month
Soups and stews 2 to 3 months
Yeast breads 6 months
Yeast dough 2 weeks
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