It is a recurring question in many homes: is the food still good after how many days, weeks or months in the freezer? What about the ice on the packaging, does it make the food inedible? Meat in particular stresses many people! And when in doubt, many of us turn to the compost bin or the garbage...
Yet many of the foods that end up in the compost or landfill are still edible. But how do you know?
If you are undecided on this question, take the time to take a look at the list of storage times recommended by Health Canada.
Before freezing your meat, we strongly suggest that you wrap it and write the freezing date on it. So next time you want to prepare one of the meats lying dormant in the freezer it will be much easier.
Good to know: some meats can sleep in the freezer for over a year!
Here are the deadlines to respect for each type of meat and other proteins.
Chicken / Turkey:
Whole raw poultry: 10-12 months
Raw chopped poultry: 6-9 months
Cooked poultry without sauce: 1-3 months
Cooked poultry with sauce: 6 months
Beef (steaks, roasts): 6-12 months
Pork: 8-12 months
Minced, cubed or thinly sliced meat: 3-4 months
Lamb: 8-12 months according to Health Canada
Calf: 8-12 months according to Health Canada
Bacon: 1-2 months
Cretons: 1-2 months
Cooked ham: 1-2 months
Smoked meat/cold cuts: 1-2 months
Fresh sausages: 2-3 months
Hot dog sausages: 1-2 months
Whole dry sausages: do not freeze
Meat spaghetti sauces: 4-6 months
Meat cooked with sauce: 4 months
Meat cooked without sauce: 2-3 months
Cooked meat sliced under vacuum: 1 month
Offal (liver, heart, etc.): 3-4 months
Raw egg white: 9 months
Raw egg yolk: 4 months
Whole with the shell: does not freeze.
Fish and seafood:
Cooked crab: 1 month
Shrimps: 2-4 months
Fatty fish (salmon, trout, etc.): 2 months
Lean fish (sole, tilapia, etc.): 6 months
Scallops: 3 months
Oysters without shells: 2-4 months
Mussels without shells: 3 months
Scaleless clams: 3 months
Cold smoked fish: 2 months
Oysters/mussels/clams: do not freeze! It is recommended to store them in a aired container.
How long do you usually keep things in the freezer? Do you follow any rules in particular?
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