Storing food in the refrigerator

These time limits will help keep home-refrigerated food from spoiling.

Fresh, in shell 3-5 weeks
Raw yolks, whites 2-4 days
Hard-cooked 1 week
Liquid pasteurized eggs, egg substitutes Unopened, 10 days
Opened, 3 days
Cooked egg dishes 3-4 days
Mayonnaise, commercial (opened) 2 months
Deli and vacuum-packed products
Store-prepared (or homemade) egg, chicken, tuna, ham, and macaroni salads 3-5 days
Pre-stuffed pork, lamb chops, and chicken breasts 1 day
Store-cooked dinners and entrees 3-4 days
Commercial brand vacuum-packed dinners (unopened) 2 weeks
Raw Hamburger, ground and stew meat
Ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb 1-2 days
Stew meats 1-2 days
Ham, fully cooked, whole 7 days
Ham, fully cooked, half 3-5 days
Ham, fully cooked, slices 3-4 days
Hot Dogs and Luncheon Meats
Hot dogs Unopened package, 2 weeks
Opened package, 1 week
Luncheon meats Unopened package, 2 weeks
Opened package, 3-5 days
Bacon and Sausage
Bacon 7 days
Sausage, raw from meat or poultry 1-2 days
Smoked breakfast links, patties 7 days
Hard sausage (such as Pepperoni) 2-3 weeks
Cooked Meat, Poultry, and Fish Leftovers
Pieces and cooked casseroles 3-4 days
Gravy and broth, patties, and nuggets 1-2 days
Soups and Stews 3-4 days
Fresh Meat (Beef, Veal, Lamb, and Pork)
Steaks, chops, roasts 3-5 days
Variety meats (Tongue, kidneys, liver, heart, chitterlings) 1-2 days
Fresh poultry, fish and shellfish
Fresh Poultry 1-2 days
Fresh Fish and Shellfish 1-2 days

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