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Guide to Leftovers and Food Storage

How Long Can You Freeze Food For?

An at-a-glance guide for your favorite foods.

By Melissa Clark
Freezer interior with frozen dinners, ziploc items, ice trayJames Worrell

Cooked

  • Beef: 2 to 3 months
  • Breads and cakes: 3 months
  • Casseroles: 3 months
  • Chicken pieces: 4 months
  • Hard sausage (pepperoni): 1 to 2 months
  • Vegetable or meat soups and stews: 2 to 3 months

Raw

  • Bacon: 1 month
  • Chicken pieces: 9 months
  • Ground meat: 3 to 4 months
  • Hot dogs: 1 to 2 months
  • Pork chops: 4 to 6 months
  • Sausage (pork, turkey, or beef): 1 to 2 months
  • Steaks: 4 to 12 months
  • Whole chicken: 1 year
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