When you do your quarantine shopping, you may buy more than you need at any given period and this is where your freezer will come in handy. If you aren’t doing it already, you should be taking advantage of the freezer when planning your meals. The freezer is a fantastic way to make your meals days, weeks, or even months ahead.
That’s because meat, when frozen completely and properly, can last for months for best results and will last indefinitely in extreme cases. All you have to do is make sure that you have it prepared and ready to cook when you bring it out.
Freezers are typically set around 0 degrees F (-18 degrees C) and at this temperature, meat that are completely frozen from the inside out can last weeks and even up to a year in your freezer. However, this is only valid if you store the meat right. When stored right, frozen meat after being properly thawed will be safe to cook and eat.
Are you worried about your meat? Don’t be if you follow the right food safety and storage rules.
The worst that can happen to your meat when it’s been frozen for weeks is a loss of aroma and its color and texture may suffer, leading to less tender meats than those that are still fresh. Your meat might even suffer from freezer burn if the meat was not tightly sealed, but other than discoloration and dryness, freezer burn does not mean your food is inedible.
Prepared frozen food such as bacon, hot dogs, and longganisa, can also last quite a long time.
Those kilos of meat you just bought will not store themselves! Once you’re ready to store your meat right, this is how long you can keep your food in the freezer at its best quality:
Beef and Pork
Pork chops = 4 to 6 months
Steak = 6 to 12 months
Roast cuts = 4 to 12 months
Ground meat = 3 to 4 months
Whole chicken = 12 months
Chicken pieces = 9 months
Lean = 6 months
Fatty = 2 to 3 months
Cooked = 4 to 6 months
Smoked = 2 months
Leftover = 2 months
Frozen Prepared Food
Hot dogs = 6 to 8 months
Bacon = 4 to 6 months
Ham and cold cuts, cooked = 3 to 4 months
Ham and cold cuts, uncooked = 6 months
Sausages and Longganisa = 4 to 8 months