Freezing Foods – How Long Do They Last?

Do you plan on freezing foods so that you can build up your stockpile? Here’s a simple list of how long foods can last in the freezer.

Do you plan on freezing foods so that you can build up your stockpile? Here's a simple list of how long foods can last in the freezer.

Freezing Foods – How Long Do They Last?

I had a question a while back about storing certain foods in the freezer and I thought I’d type up a list of how long foods can last in the freezer. You can also print out this list HERE. Of course, this is just a general guideline and your experience may vary but this should give you a good base to work from if you are planning on freezing foods.

Freezing Foods

Meats

  • Chicken and Turkey Uncooked ~ 9 months
  • Beef Steaks ~ 6 to 9 months
  • Pork Chops ~ 4 to 6 months
  • Lamb Chops ~ 6 to 9 months
  • Beef Roasts ~ 6 to 12 months
  • Raw Fish ~ 6 months
  • Breaded Fish ~ 3 months
  • Shrimp ~ 12 months
  • Bacon ~ 1 month
  • Cooked Ham ~ 1 to 2 months
  • Hamburger ~ 3 to 4 months
  • Chicken and Turkey Cooked ~ 4 to 6 months
  • Sausages ~ 1 to 2 months
  • Wild Game ~ 9 to 12 months

frozen grapes

Fruits and Veggies

  • Fruit Pies ~ 9 months
  • Fruit ~ 6 to 12 months
  • Guacamole ~ 3 to 4 months
  • Juices ~ 6 to 12 months
  • Veggies ~ 8 months

Dairy

  • Butter ~ 6 to 9 months
  • Ice Cream ~ 2 months
  • Milk ~ 3 months
  • Cheese ~ 6 to 12 months

Quick Bread

Baked Goods

  • Bread ~ 3 months
  • Cakes ~ 3 months
  • Cookies(dough or baked) ~ 3 months
  • Bagels ~ 2 months
  • Pancakes ~ 2 months

Other

  • Egg Substitutes ~ 12 months
  • Frozen Dinners ~ 3 to 4 months
  • Whipped Topping ~ 6 months

Extending Life in the Freezer

With almost all foods, you can extend their freezer life if you take certain steps before freezing. One of these steps is to use a vacuum sealer and seal up your freezer foods before freezing. This won’t be the best method to use with things like breads, but it’s a great method for fruits, vegetables, and meats.

Once an item has been vacuum sealed, it can last in the freezer for up to several years without getting freezer burnt. If you plan on storing quite a bit of food in the freezer, you might want to consider a vacuum sealer. I personally have this Geryon Vaccum Sealer (it was less expensive and had more options than the standard Foodsaver) but many people I know like to use the Foodsaver Brand Vacuum Sealers.

You can also watch a video of me using a vacuum sealer below to get an idea of how they work.

Below you can find a handy printable to remind you how long foods are good when stored in the freezer. Print out this freebie and place it in your Homestead Management Binder for a quick reminder when you need it.

Freezing Food Chart

Print This Handy Freezer Foods List Here

Looking for more things to put in the freezer? Here’s a list of the freezer meals I have posted:

Find more Make Ahead Meals here.

What am I’ missing on this list? In your experience, how long do some of these items last in the freezer? Do you still eat them even if you leave them in the freezer longer?

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This blog post on Freezing Foods was originally posted on Little House Living in April 2010. It has been updated with current information as of August 2020.

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5 Comments

  1. you stated on your video that you placed milk on sale in your freezer. I didn't see how long that would be good for, in fact I've never heard of it. Is it really possible to freeze it?

  2. I must be a little spacey, I can't believe I forgot to add that, got it up there now:) Yes, I freeze milk all the time. It works best if you freeze whole or 2% milk, those don't separate as much when you thaw them. Before you freeze it pour just a little out. Milk will expand when it freezes and you don't want it to explode. Then when you are ready to thaw it just get it out of the freezer and stick it in the fridge for several days. Try not to use it until it thaws all the way otherwise it will still be a little separated. Hope that helps!