How long can you store meat in the freezer?

by Chris Johns | Last Updated: December 27, 2019

Meat Freezer

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:

Meat Refrigerator Freezer
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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