Lifespan of Frozen Food



Ever wonder how long you can keep food in your freezer before it is no longer suitable to eat?

The following will give you an indication of the lifespan of the frozen food in your deep freeze:


Acknowledgment :*Information found in "The big book of Preserving the Harvest" by Carol W. Costenbader.



*Butter...............................6 months

Margarine............................1 year

Cheese (natural).....................6-8 months

Cheese (processed)...................4 months

Whipped Cream........................1 month

Eggs.................................9 months

Ice cream............................2 months

Bacon................................1 month

Minced meat (beef, lamb).............2-3 months

Minced pork..........................1-2 months

Milk.................................1 month

Roasts

Beef.................................6-12 months

Lamb.................................6-9 months

Pork.................................3-6 months

Steaks and Chops

Beef.................................6-12 months

Lamb.................................6-9 months

Chicken

Whole chicken........................1 year

Chicken pieces.......................6-9 months

Home-made food

Bread................................3 months

Cake.................................3 months

Biscuits.............................3 months

Casseroles...........................3 months

Frozen vegetables....................10 months

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Food that can not be frozen include:


  • Whole potatoes,
  • Unwhipped cream,
  • Sour cream,
  • Cream cheese and cottage cheese,
  • Yoghurt,
  • Jelly,
  • Boiled egg,
  • Meringue,
  • Mayonnaise and Mustard,
  • Salad vegetables such as lettuce, cucumber, radishes and spring onions.



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