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Bakery
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Baking & Cooking
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* Pure vanilla extract lasts indefinitely.
Beverages
Product Unopened in Pantry Refrigerated Refrigerator After Opening In Pantry After Opening
* Considered safe indefinitely.
Condiments and Sauces
Shelf Stable Foods Unopened in Pantry Refrigerator After Opening
* Opened or unopened.
Dairy Products
Product Refrigerated Frozen
Deli & Prepared Foods
Deli Foods Refrigerated Frozen
Foods Purchased Frozen
Frozen Items Freezer Refrigerator After Thawing
Fresh Fruits
Fresh Fruits Shelf Refrigerator Freezer
Fresh Vegetables
Fresh Vegetables Shelf Raw, Refrigerator Frozen*
*It is recommended to blanch or cook vegetables before freezing.
Grains, Beans & Pasta
Product Unopened in Pantry Refrigerator After Opening In Pantry After Opening
Meat & Seafood
Product Refrigerated Frozen
Bacon
1 Week
1 Month
Bacon, once opened
1 Week
1 Month
Beef, lamb, pork or veal chops, steaks, roasts
3–5 Days
4–12 Months
Caviar, fresh, in jar
1–4 Weeks; 2 days open
Does not freeze well
Chicken nuggets, patties
1–2 Days
1–3 Months
Chicken or turkey parts
1–2 Days
9 Months
Chicken or turkey, whole
1–2 Days
12 Months
Cooked fish, all
3–4 Days
1–2 Months
Cooked meats (after home cooking—leftovers)
3–4 Days
2–3 Months
Cooked poultry dishes
3–4 Days
4–6 Months
Cooked shellfish, all
3–4 Days
1–3 Months
Corned beef, in pouch with pickling juices
5–7 Days
1 Month
Crab legs, king, dungeness, snow
2–4 Days
9–12 Months
Crab meat, fresh
1–3 Days
2–4 Months
Crab meat, pasteurized
10–12 Months unopened; 3–5 days opened
4–10 Months
Duckling or goose, whole
1–2 Days
6 Months
Fatty fish (bluefish, mackerel, mullet, salmon, tuna, etc.)
4–6 Days
2–3 Months
Fish, cold smoked, air pack
14–30 Days
9–12 Months
Fish, cold smoked, vacuum pack
21–30 Days
9–12 Months
Fish, hot smoked, air pack
14–45 Days
9–12 Months
Fish, hot smoked, vacuum pack
14–45 Days
6 Months–1 year
Fresh clams, mussels, oysters
5–10 Days
Do not freeze
Fresh lobster tails
1–2 Days
2–4 Weeks
Fresh whole lobster
1–2 Days
Do not freeze
Fried chicken
3–4 Days
4 Months
Giblets
1–2 Days
3–4 Months
Ground meat or stew meat
1–2 Days
3–4 Months
Ground turkey or chicken
1–2 Days
3–4 Months
Ham, canned (“keep refrigerated” label)
6–9 Months
Do not freeze
Ham, cook before eating
1 Week
1–2 Months
Ham, fully cooked, slices, half, or spiral cut
3–4 Days
1–2 Months
Ham, fully cooked, whole
1 Week
1–2 Months
Herring, glass packed, in wine sauce
8-12 Months
Do not freeze
Hot dogs, after opening
1 Week
1–2 Months
Hot dogs, sealed in package
2 Weeks
1–2 Months
Lean fish (cod, flounder, haddock, halibut, sole, etc.)
4–6 Days
6–10 Months
Lean fish (pollock, ocean perch, rockfish, sea trout).
4–6 Days
4–8 Months
Live clams, mussels, crab, and oysters
1–2 Days
2–3 Months
Live lobsters
Up to two weeks in a chilled tank
Do not freeze
Lunch meats, after opening
3–5 Days
1–2 Months
Lunch meats, sealed in package
2 Weeks
1–2 Months
Poultry pieces covered in broth or gravy
3–4 Days
1–2 Months
Raw kabobs with vegetables
1–2 Days
3–4 Months
Rotisserie chicken
3–4 Days
4 Months
Sausage, fully cooked smoked links, kielbasa
1 Week
1–2 Months
Sausage, hard, dry (pepperoni), sliced
2–3 Weeks
1–2 Months
Sausage, raw bulk type or patties
1–2 Days
1–2 Months
Shrimp, scallops, crayfish, squid
1–3 Days
6–18 Months
Shucked clams, mussels, and oysters
3–10 Days
3–4 Months
Stuffed, raw pork chops or chicken breasts
1–2 Days
9 Months
Surimi seafood
3 Months or package date
9 Months
Turducken
Cook immediately
9 Months
Variety meats (liver, tongue, chitterlings, etc.)
1–2 Days
3–4 Months
Refrigerated Dough & Pasta
Product Refrigerated Frozen
Shelf Stable Food—Baby Food
Product Unopened in Pantry Refrigerator After Opening In Pantry After Opening
Shelf Stable Food—Meat and Poultry
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Shelf Stable Food—Other Items
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Vegetarian Proteins
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