Reader Mike from Nashville writes to ask: “How long is it safe to keep meat in the freezer?”
I did some checking and talked to the Texas Beef Council, and a number of other sources to pull together this chart of storage time for common barbecue items. Here’s the breakdown:
|Steaks and Roasts||3 or 4 days||6 to 12 months|
|Ground Beef||1 or 2 days||3 to 4 months|
|Cooked Beef||3 or 4 days||2 to 3 months|
|Chicken (Pieces)||1 or 2 days||1 year|
|Chicken (Whole)||1 or 2 days||6 months|
|Cooked Chicken||3 or 4 days||4 to 6 months|
|Pork Chops and Roasts||3 to 5 days||4 to 6 months|
|Cooked Pork||3 to 4 days||1 to 2 months|
|Sausage||1 or 2 days||1 to 2 months|
|Sausage (Cooked)||3 to 5 days||1 to 2 months|
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