How Long Until My Food Goes Bad?


Our freezer is one of our most used and  useful appliances in our households. It stores many of our food items and keeps them fresh and safe to eat over a long period of time. However, how long do some of our food items actually last in the freezer until they are not good to eat anymore? Below is a list of common foods we store in our freezer and how long they are good to eat for.


  • Butter: 6-9 months
  • Ice Cream: 1-2 months
  • Milk: 3 months
  • Yogurt: 1-2 months


  • Clams, Mussels, Oysters, Scallops, Shrimp: 3-6 months
  • Fatty Fish: 2-3 months
  • Lean Fish: 6 months


  • Cooked Meat: 2-3 months
  • Ham, Hot Dogs, Lunch Meats: 1-2 months
  • Sausage, Bacon: 1-2 months
  • Roasts, Steaks, Chops: 4-12 months
  • Chicken, Turkey Pieces: 9 months


  • Cakes: 4-6 months
  • Casseroles: 2-3 months
  • Cookie Dough: 2 months
  • Cookies: 3 months
  • Yeast Bread: 6 months
  • Yeast Dough: 2 weeks
  • Soups, Stews: 2-3 months
  • Quick Breads: 2 months
  • Unbaked Pastry: 2 months
  • Fruit: 6-12 months

Before you go and store your items in the freezer, make sure you are aware of the date you put them in there for storage! Mark or label your products so you can mindful of what food is safe to eat or not safe to eat. If you are ever in need of freezer parts for repairs, make sure to check out our online store!

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By: Morgan Hurley

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