Meat Storage Guidelines

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Meat Storage Guidelines

As stated on Refrigerator Food Storage, foods cost money.

Increasing fuel prices also drives up the cost of food. It makes good sense to take care of the food you spend your hard earned money on.

Information on knowing how to store food correctly will prolong the life of your food. It also reduces the risk of E-coli and salmonella, which keeps you and your family safe and healthy.

You become a five star restaurant with proper refrigerator food storage:

  • Safe food to eat
  • Most of the nutrients remain
  • Your health is improved by eating healthy food
  • Texture and flavor are retained
  • Save money by not wasting food

Use the handy meat storage guidelines chart below to help you save money:


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Meat, Fish & Poultry Storage Guidelines
Refrigerator Storage Information

The Recommended Storage Times (RST) below are based on storage temperature of 37°F.

Meat, Fish & Poultry Guidelines Chart

Food ItemRSTHandling Tips
Beef, Lamb, Pork, and Veal:n/an/a
Chops2-3 days*See information below on how to store.
Ground meat1-2 days*See information below on how to store.
Roasts2-4 days*See information below on how to store.
Steaks2-3 days*See information below on how to store.
Stew meat1-2 days*See information below on how to store.
Variety meats (liver, heart, etc.)1 day*See information below on how to store.
Chicken, Duck, or TurkeyReady-to-cook (2 days)*See information below on how to store.
Clams, Crab, LobsterIn shell (2 days)Cook only live shellfish.
Fish and Shellfish:n/an/a
Fresh cleaned fish, including steaks and fillets1 day *See information below on how to store.
Seafood:n/an/a
Clams, Oysters, Scallops (shucked), Shrimp1 dayStore in coldest part of refrigerator.

NOTE: *When bought in plastic wrappings from self-serve counters, store in these packages. If not, remove from package, wrap loosely in waxed paper. This allows surface to dry. Dry surface retards bacterial growth.

Packages in self-serve counters have been handled by many shoppers. Opening, cleaning and repackaging before storage reduces opportunity for contamination (more important than a dry surface).

Meat Storage Guidelines -- Cured Meat
Refrigerator Storage Information

Food ItemRSTHandling Tips
Cured & Smoked Meats:n/an/a
Bacon7 days*See information below on how to store.
Bologna loaves, Liverwurst4-6 days*See information below on how to store.
Corned Beef5-7 days*See information below on how to store.
Dried Beef10-12 days*See information below on how to store.
Dry and semi-dry Sausages (Salami, etc.)4-5 days*See information below on how to store.
Frankfurters4-5 days*See information below on how to store.
HamsWhole (1 week); Canned/unopened (6 months)*See information below on how to store.
Liver Sausage 4-5 days*See information below on how to store.
Luncheon Meats5-7 days*See information below on how to store.
Sausage, fresh or smoked2-3 days*See information below on how to store.

NOTE: *Unless labeled no refrigeration needed, store in coldest part of refrigerator or meat keeper. Keep wrapped. Times above are for opened packages. Refer to freshness date on package for unopened packages.

I hope these meat storage guidelines were helpful!



[Note: Information obtained from Texas Agricultural Extension Service, The Texas A&M University System]


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