Frozen Food Shelf Life Charts
Modern Survival Blog has some tips on freezer food storage. Here’s an important one you may not know about.
“Even though food will freeze at 32°F, you really should keep your freezer at 0°F or less.
Why? Because low temperature microbes will still develop below 32°F, but are very much stalled at 0°F or below.
The so called ‘shelf life’ of freezer food is apprx. doubled when frozen at 0°F compared to 20°F”
They also have a link to one of their other posts on how to tell if your freezer has gone off and come back on while you were away.
Say you go on holiday for two weeks or you evacuated due to a natural disaster, how do you know upon returning if your freezer went off and came back on with the power? It’s important to know because your meat could have spoiled and refroze. I’ve read about a better way than the one they describe.
Before you leave, freeze a glass of water and then place a quarter (any coin will do) on top of the ice. When you return, if the coin is still on top, your freezer never went off. If the coin is half way down, your freezer went off but came back on before it melted everything – your food is probably OK. If the coin is at the bottom, you freezer went off and everything melted before the power came back on – your food is probably spoiled. Obviously, if the glass if full of water then your power just came back on.
They also have a handy shelf life chart for frozen foods. But you can greatly increase these times if you vacuum seal your food first. Vacuum Food Storage has a chart comparing the times.
|Beef||6 months||2 – 3 years|
|Bread||6 – 12 months||1 – 3 years|
|Coffee Beans||6 – 9 months||2 – 3 years|
|Fish||6 months||2 years|
|Poultry||6 months||2 – 3 years|
|Soups||3 – 6 months||1 – 2 years|
|Stews||3 – 6 months||1 – 2 years|
|Vegetables||8 months||2 – 3 years|
|Berries||1 – 6 days||1 – 2 weeks|
|Cheese||1 – 2 weeks||4 – 8 months|
|Lettuce||3 – 6 days||2 weeks|
|Cookies||1 – 2 weeks||3 – 6 weeks|
|Flour & Sugar||6 months||1 – 2 years|
|Rice & Pasta||6 months||1 – 2 years|
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