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FREEZER-LIFE STORAGE GUIDE

Follow the directions below or download a printable version of the Freezer-Life Storage Guide.

For the best quality frozen foods, follow the recommended freezer storage time for each type of food listed in the chart below. These approximate storage times are based upon maintaining a freezer temperature of 0°F or lower. Follow a freezing recipe for proper preparation methods and use an appropriate packaging material, such as freezer safe glass or plastic jars, plastic freezer bags, vacuum packages, freezer foil or freezer paper.

Bakery Months
Breads, Quick (Baked) 2
Breads, Yeast (Baked) 4 – 8
Breads, Yeast (Unbaked) 1/2
Cakes 6
Cakes, Fruit 12
Cookies (Baked) 6
Cookies (Unbaked) 4
Pastry (Unbaked) 2
Pies (Baked) 1
Pies (Unbaked) 3
Dairy Months
Butter 5 – 6
Cheese, Cottage 1
Cheese, Hard or Semi-Hard 6 – 12
Cheese, Soft 4
Eggs 12
Ice Cream & Sherbet 1 – 3
Milk 1
Fruits Months
Fruits, Citrus 3 – 4
Fruits, All Except Citrus 12
Meat, Poultry, Seafood & Game Months
Beef, Lamb, Mutton, Veal, Venison 8 – 12
Fish 2 – 3
Ground Meat 3 – 4
Liver 3
Rabbit, Squirrel 6 – 8
Crab, Fish Roe, Lobster, Oysters 3 – 4
Pork (Cured) 1 – 2
Pork (Fresh) 6 – 8
Sausage 4 – 6
Shrimp 6
Turkey, Chicken 12
Prepared Foods Months
Candies 12
Gravy 2
Pizza 1
Prepared Main Dishes 3 – 6
Salads 2
Sandwiches 1
Soups, Stews 6
Soft Spreads Months
Freezer Jams & Jellies 12
Vegetables Months
Onions 3 – 6
Vegetables (Cooked) 1
Vegetables (Raw, Except Onions) 12