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Fridge and Freezer Storage Chart

Meat, Fish, Eggs, and Dairy


Use this fridge and freezer storage chart along with the “Best Before” date on packaging as a guideline for checking if food has gone bad.  To tell if food has gone bad, check it out.  Most food will give off some kind of obvious sign that it is no longer safe to eat.  Look for any of the following warning signs:

  • Unpleasant odor
  • Slimy coating
  • Discolouration
  • Change in texture
  • Freezer burn
  • Mould

If you’re still unsure, remember this very helpful saying: “When in doubt, throw it out!”


Storage Chart

Fresh Poultry

Fridge 4°C (40°F)

Freezer -18°C (0°F)

Whole – Chicken, Turkey, Duck 2-3 days 1 year
Pieces – Chicken or Turkey 2-3 days 6 months
Ground 1-2 days 3 months

Fresh Meat

Beef – steak and roasts 2-4 days 10-12 months
Pork – steak, chops and roasts 2-4 days 8-12 months
Lamb – chops and roasts 2-4 days 8-12 months
Veal – chops and roasts 2-4 days 8-12 months
Ground Meat (beef, pork, and lamb) 1-2 days 2-3 months

Fresh Fish

Lean Fish (sole, tilapia, cod, etc.) 1-2 days 6 months
Fatty Fish (salmon, etc.) 1-2 days 2 months
Shellfish (clams, mussels, crab, lobster) 1-2 days
Scallops and Shrimp 1-2 days 2-4 months

Bacon, Sausage, Ham

Bacon 1 week 1 month
Sausage (fresh and raw) 1-2 days 1-2 months
Breakfast sausages, patties 1 week 1-2 months
Pre-cooked sausages 1 week 1-2 months
Ham, fully cooked 3-4 days 2-3 months

Deli Meats, Hot Dogs

Deli Meats
Opened 3-5 days 1-2 months
Unopened 2 weeks 1-2 months
Hot Dogs
Opened 1 weeks 1-2 months
Unopened 2 weeks 1-2 months


Fresh in shell 3-4 weeks Don’t freeze
Out of shell 2-4 days 4 months
Hard cooked (in shell) 1 week Don’t freeze
Egg Substitutes
Opened 3 days Don’t freeze
Unopened 10 days 1 year


Butter 1-3 months 6-9 months
Milk Check expiry date 6 weeks
Buttermilk Check expiry date Don’t freeze
Cream Check expiry date 4 months
Cream Cheese 2 weeks Don’t freeze
Cheese – soft (goat, brie, etc.) 1 week 6 months
Cheese – hard (cheddar, swiss, etc.)
Opened 3-4 weeks 6 months
Unopened 6 months 6 months
Cottage cheese 1 week Don’t freeze
Ricotta Cheese 1 week Don’t freeze
Yogurt 7-14 days 1-2 months
Sour Cream 7-21 days Don’t freeze

One comment

  1. I had no idea I could freeze some of these items! GREAT tips/info!

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