Food Safety

  • By The Chew Crew

Not sure if frozen chicken is safe to serve, or if that deli meat should be tossed? and the USDA have got you covered. Check out this nifty cheat sheet to find out how long your food can chill out in the fridge.




(40 degrees F or below)


(0 degrees or below)

Luncheon meat

Opened package or deli sliced

3 to 5 days

1 to 2 months


Unopened package

2 weeks

1 to 2 months

Bacon & Sausage


7 days

1 month


Sausage, raw-from chicken, turkey, pork, beef

1 to 2 days

1 to 2 months

Hamburger & Other ground meats

Ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb, & mixtures of them

1 to 2 days

3 to 4 months

Fresh beef, veal, lamb & pork


3 to 5 days

6 to 12 months



3 to 5 days

4 to 6 months



3 to 5 days

4 to 12 months

Fresh Poultry

Chicken or turkey, whole

1 to 2 days

1 year


Chicken or turkey, pieces

1 to 2 days

9 months




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