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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, Duck2-3 days1 year
Pieces – Chicken or Turkey2-3 days6 months
Ground1-2 days3 months

Fresh Meat

Beef – steak and roasts2-4 days10-12 months
Pork – steak, chops and roasts2-4 days8-12 months
Lamb – chops and roasts2-4 days8-12 months
Veal – chops and roasts2-4 days8-12 months
Ground Meat (beef, pork, and lamb)1-2 days2-3 months

Fresh Fish

Lean Fish (sole, tilapia, cod, etc.)1-2 days6 months
Fatty Fish (salmon, etc.)1-2 days2 months
Shellfish (clams, mussels, crab, lobster)1-2 days
Scallops and Shrimp1-2 days2-4 months

Bacon, Sausage, Ham

Bacon1 week1 month
Sausage (fresh and raw)1-2 days1-2 months
Breakfast sausages, patties1 week1-2 months
Pre-cooked sausages1 week1-2 months
Ham, fully cooked3-4 days2-3 months

Deli Meats, Hot Dogs

Deli Meats
Opened3-5 days1-2 months
Unopened2 weeks1-2 months
Hot Dogs
Opened1 weeks1-2 months
Unopened2 weeks1-2 months


Fresh in shell3-4 weeksDon’t freeze
Out of shell2-4 days4 months
Hard cooked (in shell)1 weekDon’t freeze
Egg Substitutes
Opened3 daysDon’t freeze
Unopened10 days1 year


Butter1-3 months6-9 months
MilkCheck expiry date6 weeks
ButtermilkCheck expiry dateDon’t freeze
CreamCheck expiry date4 months
Cream Cheese2 weeksDon’t freeze
Cheese – soft (goat, brie, etc.)1 week6 months
Cheese – hard (cheddar, swiss, etc.)
Opened3-4 weeks6 months
Unopened6 months6 months
Cottage cheese1 weekDon’t freeze
Ricotta Cheese1 weekDon’t freeze
Yogurt7-14 days1-2 months
Sour Cream7-21 daysDon’t freeze

One comment

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

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