How long does meat last in the freezer?
Fully cooked meats, like ham, bacon and sausage, can be frozen for one to two months to preserve their quality and taste. Fresh, uncooked beef, pork and poultry can last upwards to one year in the freezer, while raw hamburgers and ground beef can be stored for three to four months. Read more to get specific guidance on how long different types of meat can be kept in the freezer.
Be mindful to store your fresh or cooked meats in freezer bags to help prevent them from spoiling. For cooked beef, pork or poultry, make sure to let it cool completely before storing in the freezer to help prevent bacteria from forming. If you plan to freeze meat for an extended period of time, it’s important to know how to prevent freezer burn and what causes it. This can affect the texture and flavor of your frozen foods.
What if you took your frozen meat out to thaw, but turns out your dinner plans have changed? Not to worry. After it is thawed, raw meat can last in the fridge for three to five days. Even if you don’t cook it within that time, it can safely be re-frozen for future meals.