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Interested to know how long to keep a certain cut of meat in the refrigerator or the freezer? Sendik’s has you covered! Click on any of the different meats below to view when it’s best to use or replace.
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POULTRY    |    BEEF    |    SEAFOOD    |    LAMB    |    VEAL    |    PORK    |    GENERAL MEATS

Poultry

Chicken (Whole)
Refrigerator1-2 Days
Freezer1-3 Months
Chicken (Fried)
Refrigerator3-4 Days
Freezer4 Months
Duck (Whole)
Refrigerator2 Days
Freezer6 Months
Turkey
Refrigerator2 Days
Freezer6 Months

Beef

Casseroles
RefrigeratorN/A
Freezer3 Months
Chops
Refrigerator3-5 Days
Freezer4-12 Months
Corned Beef
Refrigerator5-7 Days
Freezer1 Month
Heart, Liver
Refrigerator1 Day
Freezer1-2 Months
Ground
Refrigerator1-2 Days
Freezer2-3 Months
Roasts
Refrigerator2-4 Days
Freezer6-12 Months
Sausage
Refrigerator2-3 Days
Freezer1-2 Months
Steaks
Refrigerator2-3 Days
Freezer1-2 Months
Stew Meat
Refrigerator1-2 Days
Freezer6-9 Months

Seafood

Clams (In Shell)
Refrigerator2 Days
FreezerN/A
Clams (Shucked)
Refrigerator1 Day
Freezer3 Months
Cooked Fish
Refrigerator3-4 Days
Freezer1-2 Months
Crab (In Shell)
Refrigerator2 Days
FreezerN/A
Fatty Fish (Bluefish, Perch, Mackerel, Salmon)
Refrigerator1-2 Days
Freezer2-3 Months
King Crab
RefrigeratorN/A
Freezer10 Months
Lean Fish (Cod, Sole, Haddock, Flounder)
Refrigerator1-2 Days
Freezer6-8 Months
Lobster Tails (In Shell)
Refrigerator2 Days
Freezer6 Months
Oysters
Refrigerator1 Day
Freezer4 Months
Scallops
Refrigerator1 Day
Freezer3 Months
Cooked Shellfish
Refrigerator3-4 Days
Freezer3 Months
Shrimp (Fresh, Uncooked)
Refrigerator1 Day
FreezerN/A
Shrimp (Frozen)
RefrigeratorN/A
Freezer12 Months

Lamb

Ground
Refrigerator1-2 Days
Freezer2-3 Months
Roasts
Refrigerator2-4 Days
Freezer3-4 Months
Steaks & Chops
Refrigerator2-3 Days
Freezer3-4 Months
Stew Meat
Refrigerator1-2 Days
Freezer3-4 Months

Veal

Chops
Refrigerator2-3 Days
Freezer3-4 Months
Ground
Refrigerator1-2 Days
Freezer2-3 Months
Roasts
Refrigerator2-4 Days
FreezerN/A
Steaks
Refrigerator2-3 Days
Freezer3-4 Months
Stew Meat
Refrigerator1-2 Days
FreezerN/A
Varieties of Veal Meats
Refrigerator1 Day
FreezerN/A

Pork

Chops
Refrigerator2-3 Days
Freezer3-4 Months
Ground
Refrigerator1-2 Days
Freezer2-3 Months
Ham (Fully Cooked, Whole)
Refrigerator1 Week
Freezer1-2 Months
Roasts
Refrigerator2-4 Days
Freezer3-6 Months
Steaks
Refrigerator2-3 Days
Freezer2-3 Months

General

Bacon (Opened)
Refrigerator5-7 Days
FreezerNot Recommended
Bacon (Unopened)
Refrigerator1 Week
Freezer1 Month
Cooked Meats (After Home Cooking)
Refrigerator3-4 Days
Freezer2-3 Months
Hotdogs (Sealed In Package)
Refrigerator2 Weeks
Freezer1-2 Months
Lunchmeats
Refrigerator3-5 Days
Freezer1-2 Months
Salads with Meat, Fish, Poultry or Eggs
Refrigerator3-4 Days
FreezerNot Recommended
Sausage (Raw, Bulk)
Refrigerator1-2 Days
Freezer1-2 Months
Sausage (Smoked Links, Patties)
Refrigerator1 Week
Freezer1-2 Months

Source: Food Marketing Institute(Opens in a new window)