Frozen food: How long can it stay fresh?

Raw meat can be kept in the freezer for up to a year. (Rawpixel pic)

The fridge freezer, that wonderful appliance that keeps food fresh, but how fresh exactly?

Many people now shop weekly and some things are even bought once a month and frozen for use later.

But how much of it is being kept for too long, or thrown away too early? How long can food be kept in the freezer? Here is a rough guide.

Meat, poultry, seafood

The staple in most freezers is meat, poultry and seafood and stocking up on them is a great idea as they can last up to a year in the deep freeze, which means less shopping.

  • Chicken (raw): 9 to 12 months
  • Chicken/turkey cooked: 4 to 6 months
  • Cold cuts: 2 months
  • Hot dogs: 1 to 2 months
  • Ground meat: 4 months
  • Steaks: 4 to 12 months
  • rawns (raw): 6 months
  • Fish fillets: 6 months

Sweet treats

Freezing dessert means there is always a sweet treat available. (Pixabay pic)

Who doesn’t love dessert? Before chucking out the latest creation, consider freezing it to maintain its freshness for longer so there will always be a sweet treat available.

  • Bread/cake: 3 months
  • Cookies (baked or dough): 3 months
  • Butter: 6 to 9 months
  • Fruit: 6 to 12 months
  • Yoghurt: 2 months
  • Ice cream and sorbet: 2 months
  • Butter: 6 to 9 months

Savoury Dishes

Freezing soups, stews or pizza means they can be cooked in bulk, ready to use as needed. (Rawpixel pic)

Freeze your favourite vegetables, stews or pizza to make them last longer, minimise waste and money.

  • Pizza: 1 to 2 months
  • Soups and Stews (vegetable or meat) 2 to 3 months
  • Vegetables: 8 to 12 months

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