Shelf Life of Frozen Meat

Freezing meat is a great way to preserve it, however, you may wonder just how long it will keep. This is a guide about the shelf life of frozen meat.

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I have got a joint of lamb that has been frozen for 14 months. Do you think that is taking a risk eating it?

By R.Rumsby from Cornwall, England

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You could keep it indefinately in the freezer and it would still be "safe" just won't be tasty.

"...Food stored constantly at 0 °F will always be safe. Only the quality suffers with lengthy freezer storage. Freezing keeps food safe by slowing the movement of molecules, causing microbes to enter a dormant stage. Freezing preserves food for extended periods because it prevents the growth of microorganisms that cause both food spoilage and foodborne illness..."

Meat, uncooked steaks or chops: 4 to 12 months

Meat, uncooked ground: 3 to 4 months


As mentioned already how well it is wrapped for the freezer is what will make the difference in the quality once frozen. I have had various meats in good condition a lot longer than the time frames listed on the charts but they were wrapped well.

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According to Still Tasty frozen food is safe to eat indefinitely though it may be beyond its best taste.

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How long can you keep left over pork roast?

By Diane

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About three or four days in the fridge. You can slice it or dice it for future recipes and store it in the freezer for about three or four months. Be sure to remove as much air as possible from the freezer bags to reduce freezer burn.

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