Freezer Storage Times Guide

Here is my handy guide to the maximum storage times for freezer friendly foods.

Tip: remember to label and date things when you freeze them to prevent leaving them in your freezer too long.

Raw meat and fish

  • Bacon: 3-4 months
  • Beef: 8-12 months
  • Chicken: 8-12 months
  • Duck: 6 months
  • Game: 12 months
  • Lamb: 6-8 months
  • Mince: 3-4 months
  • Oily fish: 2-3 months
  • Pork: 4-6 months
  • Prawns and scallops: 3-4 months
  • Sausages: 3-4 months
  • Smoked fish: 2 months
  • White fish: 4 months

Remember, larger joints of meats will keep their flavour longer than smaller ones.

Cooked Foods

  • Baby purées: 2 months
  • Biscuits and Flapjacks: 4 months
  • Bread: 3 months
  • Butter: 6 months
  • Cakes: 3 months
  • Casseroles, soups and sauces: 3 months
  • Cheese, hard: 6-8 months
  • Cheese, soft: 3 months
  • Cooked meat: 1-2 months
  • Cream: 3 months
  • Eggs, raw, yolks/whites: 1 year
  • Meringues and pavlovas: 1 month
  • Mousses, ice cream and sorbet: 2 months
  • Pancakes and yorkshire puddings: 2 months
  • Pastry: 3 months
  • Stock: 6 months
  • Tarts, quiches, sausage rolls and pies: 3 months

Fruits and Vegetables

*see notes
  • Apples, peeled, cored and sliced: 4-6 months*
  • Asparagus, blanched: 1 year*
  • Beans, blanched: 6-8 months*
  • Butternut squash, raw: 1 year*
  • Chips: up to 1½ years*
  • Corn on the cob: 6-8 months*
  • Herbs, fresh: 4-6 months
  • Rhubarb, raw, chopped: 1 year*
  • Seville oranges: 6-8 months
  • Stone fruit, halved and stoned: 1 year*
  • Stone fruit, unstoned: 3 months*
  • Summer berries: 1 year*
  • Tomatoes, halved: 6-8 months*


Notes:

    •  Apples: open freeze slices and then bag
    • Asparagus: cook from frozen.
    • Beans: cook from frozen
    • Butternut squash: open freeze, then bag. Cook from frozen
    • Corn on the cob: cook from frozen
    • Rhubarb, raw, chopped: cook from frozen
    • Stone fruit (both stoned and unstoned) cook from frozen
    • Summer berries: (strawberries need to be puréed before freezing), defrost and use or cook from frozen.
    • Tomatoes, halved: open freeze then bag. USE ONLY FOR COOKING OR GRILLED TOMATO HALVES.

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