How Long Does Food Last in the Freezer?


We all know that every food has an expiration when it is stored in the refrigerator, but things get a little fuzzy when frozen. While the freezer is a great way to extend a food’s shelf life, it doesn’t make them last forever.

For those of us who are unsure about how long frozen foods last, LifeHacker put together a simple chart to lay it all out. Here are some of their recommendations:

Breads & Desserts

  • Baked bread, rolls – 2-3 months

  • Cookie dough – 3 months

  • Baked cake (with frosting) – 1 month

  • Baked fruit pies – 6-8 months

Meat, Poultry, & Seafood

  • Lamb, veal – 9 months

  • Steaks – 6-12 months

  • Chicken, turkey – 9-12 months

  • Raw hamburger – 3-4 months

  • Fish – 3-6 months

  • Crab, lobster – 10-12 months

  • Shrimp, scallops – 3-6 months


  • Butter – 6-9 months

  • Margarine – 12 months

  • Cheese – 6 months

  • Ice Cream – 2 months

Fruits & Vegetables

  • Citrus fruit – 3 months

  • Other fruit – 9-12 months

  • Vegetables – 8-12 months

Want to see the full list of items? Click here to view recommended storage times for every food in infographic form.

If you want to follow these storage times, your freezer needs to consistently be at 0°F. Any higher and your food won’t be preserved as long, and you risk food poisoning.

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