In Ireland, we pride ourselves on having the freshest dairy products and meats. The thing with fresh ingredients is that they can also spoil very easily. 

 

How long can certain types of food last in the fridge? Here are specific guidelines on how long you should store food in the fridge, as well as the recommended temperature of your fridge:

 

How long does poultry last in the fridge?

 

How long does cooked turkey last in the fridge? How about chicken? Check out this table below: 

 

Food Type Refrigerator

(40 °F or below)

Freezer

(0 °F or below)

Fresh poultry Whole chicken or turkey 1 to 2 days 1 year
Pieces of chicken or turkey 1 to 2 days 9 months

 

How long do eggs last in the fridge?

Raw eggs and egg-based food have different storage times. Be mindful of this next time you’re storing food with eggs.

 

Food Type Refrigerator

(40 °F or below)

Freezer

(0 °F or below)

Eggs Raw eggs in shell 3 to 5 weeks Do not freeze in shell. Beat yolks and whites together, then freeze
Raw egg whites and yolks

Note: Yolks do not freeze well

2 to 4 days 12 months
Raw egg accidentally frozen in shell

Note: Toss any frozen eggs with a broken shell

Use immediately after thawing Keep frozen, then refrigerate to thaw
Hard-boiled eggs 1 week Do not freeze
Egg substitutes that are liquid and unopened 1 week Do not freeze
Egg substitutes that are liquid and opened 3 days Do not freeze
Egg substitutes that are frozen and unopened After thawing, 1 week or refer to “use by” date 12 months
Egg substitutes that are frozen and opened After thawing, 3 to 4 days or refer to “use by” date Do not freeze
Casseroles with eggs After baking, 3 to 4 days 2 to 3 months after baking
Eggnog that is commercial 3 to 5 days 6 months
Eggnog that is homemade 2 to 4 days Do not freeze
Pumpkin or pecan pies 3 to 4 days after baking  1 to 2 months after baking
Custard and chiffon pies 3 to 4 days after baking  Do not freeze
Quiche with filling 3 to 5 days after baking 2 to 3 months after baking

 

How long does meat last in the fridge?

 

How about cooked ham? Or other types of meat? Similar to eggs, different types of meat can last in the fridge at different temperatures and intervals.

 

Food Type Refrigerator

(40 °F or below)

Freezer

(0 °F or below)

Hot dogs Opened package 1 week 1 to 2 months
Unopened package 2 weeks 1 to 2 months
Luncheon meat Opened package or sliced deli 3 to 5 days 1 to 2 months
Unopened package 2 weeks 1 to 2 months
Bacon and sausage Bacon 1 week 1 month
Sausage, raw (chicken, turkey, pork, or beef) 1 to 2 days 1 to 2 months
Sausage, fully cooked (chicken, turkey, pork, or beef) 1 week 1 to 2 months
Sausage, purchased frozen 3-4 days after cooking 1-2 months from date of purchase
Hamburger, ground meats and ground poultry Hamburger, ground beef, turkey, chicken, other poultry, veal, pork, lamb, or mixtures of them 1 to 2 days 3 to 4 months
Fresh beef, veal, lamb, and pork Steaks 3 to 5 days 4 to 12 months
Chops 3 to 5 days 4 to 12 months
Roasts 3 to 5 days 4 to 12 months
Ham Fresh, uncured, uncooked 3 to 5 days 6 months
Fresh, uncured, cooked 3 to 4 days 3 to 4 months
Cured, cook-before-eating, uncooked 5 to 7 days or “use by” date 3 to 4 months
Fully-cooked, vacuum-sealed at plant, unopened 2 weeks or “use by” date 1 to 2 months
Cooked, store-wrapped, whole 1 week 1 to 2 months
Cooked, store-wrapped, slices, half, or spiral cut 3 to 5 days 1 to 2 months
Country ham, cooked 1 week 1 month
Canned, labeled “Keep Refrigerated,” unopened 6 to 9 months Do not freeze
Canned, shelf-stable, opened

Note: An unopened, shelf-stable, canned ham can be stored at room temperature for 2 years.

3 to 4 days 1 to 2 months
Prosciutto, Parma or Serrano ham, dry Italian or Spanish type, cut 2 to 3 months 1 month

 

How long does soup keep in the fridge?

 

Sometimes, soups and stews taste better the next day because the meats and veggies have absorbed the flavouring! Be careful not to over-store it though!

 

Food Type Refrigerator

(40 °F or below)

Freezer

(0 °F or below)

Soups and stews Vegetable or meat added 3 to 4 days 2 to 3 months

 

How long does leftovers last in the fridge?

Now, how long does cooked pasta last in the fridge? How about cooked salmon? Be guided by  this chart:

 

Food Type Refrigerator

(40 °F or below)

Freezer

(0 °F or below)

Leftovers Cooked meat or poultry 3 to 4 days 2 to 6 months
Chicken nuggets or patties 3 to 4 days 1 to 3 months
Pizza 3 to 4 days 1 to 2 months

 

How do we make sure food in the fridge doesn’t spoil easily?

 

Make sure your food doesn’t spoil easily with these quick, easy tips!

Store them properly in the fridge

 

Here’s an easy way to remember the proper storage of food in the fridge to make sure they last long:

 

  • Top and middle shelf: Dairy, ready-made meals, packaged food, leftovers, cooked meats, salads
  • Bottom shelf: Uncooked poultry, fish, raw meat
  • Salad drawer: Veggies, fruits 

 

Prevent cross contamination

 

Pack those leftovers and make sure meat juices are not dripping onto other food items. Even vegetables and salad should be wrapped with air holes to keep them protected. Salad and herbs can be wrapped in a damp paper towel. 

 

Keep in mind the expiration dates 

 

Tired of throwing away spoiled food? Bear in mind their expiration dates! Some prefer to arrange food that will expire right away in front of the shelf so they can be accessed more easily! Plus, if you keep seeing them in front, you’ll be reminded to eat them asap!

 

Don’t block the cooling unit of your fridge

 

Got a lot of food to store? Don’t overburden or overload your refrigerator! It can block the cooling unit, causing the whole fridge to be warmer than usual. 

 

If you find yourself always overstocking your fridge, consider buying a bigger unit or a second fridge you can put in your garage. 

 

Have a fridge that works for you 

 

Is it time for an upgrade? Sometimes, it’s better to buy a new unit than repairing an old one, especially if your needs have changed, like you have a growing family and you just need more storage space. 

 

Check out our fridge offerings below and don’t miss out on awesome deals!

 

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