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Perishable Meat/Soups Storage Guidelines

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If you’re saving food in plastic bags, be sure to follow these 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