Food Safety

By The Chew Crew Jan 24, 2013

Not sure if frozen chicken is safe to serve, or if that deli meat should be tossed? Foodsafety.gov 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.

Category

Food

Refrigerator

(40 degrees F or below)

Freezer

(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

Bacon

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

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

Fresh Poultry

Chicken or turkey, whole

1 to 2 days

1 year

 

Chicken or turkey, pieces

1 to 2 days

9 months

 

SOURCE: Foodsafety.gov & USDA