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Product Refrigerator (40F) Freezer (0F)
Deli
Entrees, cold or hot 3 to 4 days 1 to 2 months
Store-sliced lunch meats 3-5 days 1-2 months
Salads 3 to 5 days Do not freeze
Hot dogs & Luncheon Meats
Hot dogs,
opened package
1 week 1 to 2 months
unopened package 2 weeks 1 to 2 months
Luncheon meats, opened package 3 to 5 days 1 to 2 months
unopened package 2 weeks 1 to 2 months
Bacon & Sausage
Bacon 7 days 1 month
Sausage, raw from chicken, turkey, pork, beef 1 to 2 days 1 to 2 months
Smoked breakfast links, patties 7 days 1 to 2 months
Hard sausage – pepperoni, jerky sticks 2 to 3 weeks 1 to 2 months
Summer sausage – labeled "Keep Refrigerated"opened 3 weeks 1 to 2 months
Unopened 3 months 1 to 2 months
Ham, Corned Beef
Corned beef, in pouch with pickling juices 5 to 7 days Drained, 1 month
Ham, fully cooked vacuum sealed at plant, undated, unopened 2 weeks 1 to 2 months
Ham, fully cooked vacuum sealed at plant, dated, unopened "use by" date on package 1 to 2 months
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
Hamburger, Ground & Stew Meat
Hamburger & stew meat 1 to 2 days 3 to 4 months
Ground turkey, veal, pork, lamb & mixtures of them 1 to 2 days 3 to 4 months
Fresh 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, liver, heart, kidneys, chitterlings 1 to 2 days 3 to 4 months
Pre-stuffed, uncooked pork chops, lamb chops, or chicken breast stuffed with dressing 1 day Do not freeze
Soup & Stews
Vegetable or meat added 3 to 4 days 2 to 3 months
Meat Leftovers
Cooked meat and meat casseroles 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, pieces 1 to 2 days 9 months
Giblets 1 to 2 days 3 to 4 months
Cooked Poultry
Fried chicken 3 to 4 days 4 months
Cooked poultry casseroles 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
Pizza
Pizza 3 to 4 days 1 to 2 months
Stuffing
Stuffing – cooked 3 to 4 days 1 month
Beverages, Fruit
Juices in cartons, fruit drinks, punch 3 weeks unopened,
7 to 10 days opened
8 to 12 months
Dairy
Butter 1 to 3 months 6 to 9 months
Buttermilk 7 to 14 days 3 months
Cheese, Hard (such as Cheddar, Swiss) 6 months, unopened
3 to 4 weeks, opened
6 months
Cheese Soft (such as Brie) 1 week 6 months
Cottage Cheese, Ricotta 1 week Do not freeze
Cream Cheese 2 weeks Do not freeze
Cream – Whipped, ultrapasteurized 1 month Do not freeze
Whipped, Sweetened 1 day 1 to 2 months
Aerosol can, real whipped cream 3 to 4 weeks Do not freeze
Aerosol can, non-dairy topping 3 months Do not freeze
Cream, Half and Half 3 to 4 days 4 months
Eggs, in shell 3 to 5 weeks Do not freeze
Raw yolks, whites 2 to 4 days 1 year
Hard cooked 1 week Do not freeze
Egg substitutes, liquid    
opened 3 days Do not freeze
unopened 10 days 1 year
Eggnog, commercial 3 to 5 days 6 months
Margarine 4 to 5 months 12 months
Milk 7 days 3 months
Pudding package date; 2 days after opening Don't freeze
Sour cream 7 to 21 days Don't freeze
Yogurt 7 to 14 days 1 to 2 months
Dough
Tube cans of rolls, biscuits, pizza dough, etc. "use by" date on package Don't freeze
Ready-to-bake pie crust "use by" date on package 2 months
Cookie dough "use by" date on package 2 months
Fish
Lean fish (cod, flounder, haddock, sole, etc.) 1 to 2 days 6 months
Fatty fish (bluefish, mackerel, salmon, etc.) 1 to 2 days 2 to 3 months
Cooked fish 3 to 4 days 4 to 6 months
Smoked fish 14 days or date on vacuum package 2 months in vacuum package
Shellfish
Shrimp, scallops, crayfish, squid, shucked clams, mussels and oysters 1 to 2 days 3 to 6 months
Live clams, mussels, crab, lobster and oysters 2 to 3 days 2 to 3 months
Cooked shellfish 3 to 4 days 3 months

Sources: USDA and Food Marketing Institute

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