Refrigerator Storage Times

Storage Times For Refrigerated Foods
Ground Meat, Ground Poultry, and Stew Meat
Ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb1-2 days
Stew meats1-2 days
Fresh Meat (Beef, Veal, Lamb, and Pork)
Steaks, chops, roasts3-5 days
Variety meats (Tongue, kidneys, liver, heart, chitterlings)1-2 days
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Chicken or turkey, whole1-2 days
Chicken or turkey, parts1-2 days
Giblets1-2 days
Bacon and Sausage
Bacon7 days
Sausage, raw from meat or poultry1-2 days
Smoked breakfast links, patties7 days
Summer sausage labeled “Keep Refrigerated”Unopened, 3 months;
Opened, 3 weeks
Hard sausage (such as Pepperoni)2-3 weeks
Ham, Corned Beef
Ham, canned, labeled “Keep Refrigerated”Unopened, 6-9 months;
Opened, 3-5 days
Ham, fully cooked, whole7 days
Ham, fully cooked, half3-5 days
Ham, fully cooked, slices3-4 days
Corned beef in pouch with pickling juices5-7 days
Hot Dogs and Luncheon Meats
Hot dogsUnopened package, 2 weeks;
Opened package, 1 week
Luncheon meatsUnopened package, 2 weeks;
Opened package, 3-5 days
Deli and Vacuum-Packed Products
Store-prepared (or homemade) egg, chicken, tuna, ham, and macaroni salads3-5 days
Pre-stuffed pork, lamb chops, and chicken breasts1 day
Store-cooked dinners and entrees3-4 days
Commercial brand vacuum-packed dinners with/USDA seal, unopened2 weeks
Cooked Meat, Poultry, and Fish Leftovers
Pieces and cooked casseroles3-4 days
Gravy and broth, patties, and nuggets3-4 days
Soups and Stews3-4 days
Fresh Fish and Shellfish
Fresh Fish and Shellfish1-2 days
Fresh, in shell3-5 weeks
Raw yolks, whites2-4 days
Hard-cooked1 week
Liquid pasteurized eggs, egg substitutesUnopened, 10 days;
Opened, 3 days
Cooked egg dishes3-4 days

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