Thawing 101

Thawing 101
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Stocked up on groceries, but not sure where to store them? Try the freezer. Not only does freezing your food free up in-demand real estate in your refrigerator and pantry, but it can also keep food fresh for longer. But, as the old saying goes, nothing lasts forever – and your freezer food is no exception.

You’ll eventually want to remove your groceries from that icebox and, you know, use ’em!

How long does your food last in the fridge once it’s out of the freezer? Well, it’s complicated. Every type of food has a different shelf life; plus, those expiration dates are no longer valid. Note that it’s safe to eat food with freezer burn, but it will have a dry and unpleasant texture.

Here’s how long thawed food lasts…

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Bacon, Cooked: 4 to 5 days

Bacon, Uncooked: 7 days

Beef Roast, Steaks or Ribs, Uncooked: 3 to 5 days

Chicken, Cooked: 3 to 4 days

Chicken, Uncooked: 1 to 2 days

Fish, Uncooked: 1 to 2 days

Ground Beef, Cooked: 3 to 4 days

Ground Beef, Uncooked: 1 to 2 days

Hot Dogs, Opened: 1 week

Hot Dogs, Unopened: 2 weeks

Lunch Meat, Opened: 3 to 5 days

Lunch Meat, Unopened: 2 weeks

Pork Roast, Chops or Ribs, Uncooked: 3 to 5 days

Prawns, Uncooked: 1 to 2 days

Tofu: 1 week

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Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and Vegetables
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Berries: 4 to 5 days

Broccoli: 3 to 5 days

Corn: 3 to 4 days

Green Beans: 3 to 4 days

Tomatoes: 2 to 3 days

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Butter: 1 to 3 months

Shredded Cheese, Unopened: 1 month

Whipped Topping: 1 to 2 weeks

Yoghurt: 1 to 3 weeks

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Prepared Foods

Prepared Foods

Bread: 1 to 2 weeks

Bagels: 1 to 2 weeks

Cakes: 1 to 2 days

Leftovers: 3 to 4 days

Pies: 3 to 4 days

Rolls: 1 week

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The gut test

The gut test
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No matter what the food is – or how long it’s been out of the freezer – it’s best to go with your gut. While we’re big proponents of making the most out of your groceries, it’s a good idea to discard anything that looks (or, worse, smells) strange.

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