How Long Can You Refrigerate or Freeze Food?

Surprising expiration dates for popular perishables.

  • Elisa Huang
If you’re saving food in plastic bags, be sure to follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration guidelines for safe storage. Frozen foods can be stored indefinitely, but the flavor can change when food is stored past the time limits below.

Raw Beef Roast and Steaks

Refrigerator: 3 to 5 days
Freezer: 6 to 12 months

Raw Pork Roast and Chops

Refrigerator: 3 to 5 days
Freezer: 4 to 6 months

Raw Lamb Roast and Chops

Refrigerator: 3 to 5 days
Freezer: 6 to 9 months

Raw Veal Roast and Chops

Refrigerator: 3 to 5 days
Freezer: 4 to 6 months

Cooked Meat

Refrigerator: 3 to 4 days
Freezer: 2 to 3 months

Soup

Refrigerator: 3 to 4 days
Freezer: 2 to 3 months

Raw Chicken Pieces

Refrigerator: 1 to 2 days
Freezer: 9 months

Cooked Chicken Pieces

Refrigerator: 3 to 4 days
Freezer: 4 months

Pizza

Refrigerator: 3 to 4 days
Freezer: 1 to 2 months

Luncheon Meats

Refrigerator: 3 to 5 days
Freezer: 1 to 2 months

Raw Fatty Fish (Salmon, Tuna, etc.)

Refrigerator: 1 to 2 days
Freezer: 2 to 3 months

Raw Lean Fish (Cod, Flounder, etc.)

Refrigerator: 1 to 2 days
Freezer: 6 months

Cooked Fish

Refrigerator: 3 to 4 days
Freezer: 4 to 6 months