Storage Times

Storing Pork


Cut(4°C/40°F) Refrigerator(-18°C/0°F) Freezer
Roasts, Steaks, Chops 2-4 days 8-10 months
Ground Pork 1-2 days 1-3 months
Leftover cooked pork* 2-3 days 2-3 months
Variety meat 1-2 days 3-4 months

Note: Some newer types of fresh meat packaging allow for longer storage times in the refrigerator and bear a “Best Before” date. Once these vacuum packages are opened, the meat should be used promptly (ground pork within 1 day, other cuts within 2–3 days).


Type(4°C/40°F) Refrigerator(-18°C/0°F) Freezer
Smoked Sausage 3-7 days 1-2 months
Ham** 3-4 days Not recommended
Bacon** 7 days 1 month
Cold Cuts** 3-5 days Not recommended

*Cool to room temperature, uncovered. Then cover tightly and refrigerate or place in freezer within two hours after cooking.
**If vacuum packed, check manufacturer’s “Best Before” date.