Freezer Storage Times Chart
How Long Frozen Food Stays Good

This chart provides freezer storage times for many common frozen food items, so you know how long your frozen food will taste its best. Plus, there's a free printable cheat sheet showing the freezer storage guidelines too below.


Freezer Storage Guidelines

Bread & Desserts TIme
Baked bread and cookies 3 months
Cakes, pastries and doughnuts 3 months
Muffins and quick breads 3 months
Pancakes and waffles 3 months
Cookie or bread dough 1 month
Produce TIme
Fruits 1 year
Juices 1 year
Vegetables 8 months
Nuts 3 months
Dairy & Eggs TIme
Ice cream 2 months
Butter 9 months
Cheese 3 months
Eggs (raw, not in shells) 1 year
Milk 1 month
Meats TIme
Ground beef, pork & stew meats 4 months
Other beef (i.e., roasts, steaks) 1 year
Lamb and veal 9 months
Ham 2 months
Pork chops 4 months
Pork roast or loin 8 months
Bacon and sausage 1 month
Poultry TIme
Chicken and turkey (whole) 1 year
Chicken and turkey (cuts) 6 months
Ground turkey and chicken 4 months
Seafood TIme
Fatty fish (i.e., mackerel, trout) 3 months
Lean fish (i.e., cod, flounder) 6 months
Crab 10 months
Lobster 1 year
Shrimp and scallops (unbreaded) 1 year
Miscellaneous TIme
Casseroles (cooked) 3 months
Paste and rice (cooked) 3 months
Soups and stews 2 months


These Food Storage Times Are General Estimates Of When Food Will Taste Its Best

Frozen food, after a certain time period, will not taste as good as it used to, but may still be safe to eat (assuming it was properly frozen while fresh, and stayed frozen the entire time).

Therefore, the guidelines above are merely that, guidelines and estimates of time periods when the food will taste its best.

Further, these estimates apply to food frozen normally. If, for instance, it is frozen using a FoodSaver vacuum sealer this will typically increase how long the food will stay good frozen.

If an item is frozen and then thawed it should not be re-frozen thereafter, since this can make it unsafe to eat. You can learn more about food safety at FoodSafety.gov.

Printable Freezer Storage Times Cheat Sheet

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Click to get printable cheat sheet {opens into a PDF}

organize refrigerator and freezer challenge

I've created this printable version of the cheat sheet for easier reference as you are clearing out your freezer as part of the Organizing Fridge & Freezer Challenge.

It will help you both know when to throw certain foods out from your freezer, and also when to plan to eat them while they'll taste their best.

I suggest using it in conjunction with your freezer inventory form to determine the best use by date, and plan your freezer meals.

Other Printable Forms You May Like

Here are some additional printable forms about food storage that you may find helpful, including a similar chart and cheat sheet used for refrigerated items.

food storage guidlines
Refrigerated Food Storage Guidelines {Cheat Sheet}
freezer inventory form
Freezer Inventory Form
pantry list inventory
Pantry Inventory Form



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