Freezer Series: Meats

by Beth Montgomery on July 2, 2009

in Frugal Cooking, Frugal Series


When it comes to freezing most people think of meat immediately. It’s one of the most commonly frozen products, since freezing significantly increases the shelf life. However, you can simplify meat freezing with a few simple tips and remember, even frozen meat goes bad.

If you plan on storing meat for longer then 1-2 months, move it from the grocery store packaging into a freezer bag to avoid freezer burn. Even better, wrap meat in heavy duty aluminum foil and then put it into the freezer bag for extra security. Remove as much air as possible and remember to label your package!

As I said, even meat that is frozen can and will go bad after a certain amount of time. Below is a guide to help you figure out how long to store meat:

Bacon or Sausage: 1-2 mths
Ham, Hotdogs, or Lunchmeat: 1-3 mths
Ground & Stew Meats: 3-4 mths
Roasts, Steaks, or Chops: 6-12 mths
Poultry (Whole): 12 mths
Poultry (Parts): 9 mths
Wild Game: 8-12 mths
Fish: 12 mths
Cooked Meat: 2-3 mths
Cooked Poultry: 4 mths

Check out the entire Freezer Series HERE to see what you missed!

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