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It’s National Frozen Food Month, How Long Should You Keep Food in the Freezer?

Kelly Ripa could live in that fridge – Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Weber Shandwick

March is National Frozen Food Month!  It’s all very exciting and perhaps a terrific time to clean out your freezer and see what amazing mystery food you may have way in the back under that ice cream.  But, before you cook it and eat it you should know that frozen food doesn’t stay good forever.

According to RealSimple.com, here is how long different foods will stay good while frozen at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or colder:

  • Chicken or turkey pieces, uncooked: nine months
  • Fruit pies, unbaked: eight months
  • Fruit: 6 to 12 months
  • Steaks, uncooked: 6 to 12 months
  • Butter: 6 to 9 months
  • Lean fish: six months
  • Roasts, uncooked: 4 to 12 months
  • Chicken or turkey, cooked: 4 to 6 months
  • Chops, uncooked: 4 to 6 months
  • Shellfish, uncooked: 3 to 6 months
  • Hamburger: 3 to 4 months
  • Bread and cake: three months
  • Cookies, baked or dough: three months
  • Meat casseroles, cooked: three months
  • Fatty fish: 2 to 3 months
  • Soups and stews: 2 to 3 months
  • Ice cream and sorbet: two months
  • Ham, cooked: 1 to 2 months
  • Bacon: one month

Eating frozen foods past these times may not be dangerous, but the food will most likely taste a bit off.

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