Carolyn Bell, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
If meat is kept tightly sealed (in the original packaging) and stored right away, it can be kept in the freezer for quite some time. Uncooked, fresh red meats such as beef and pork can be stored in the freezer, 4-12 months, and fresh poultry for up to one year in the freezer. Fish, that has been properly sealed (see next week’s Nutrition Corner) can last several months in the freezer. Storing meat and poultry in their original containers and wrap is fine, unless there are any holes preventing an air-tight seal. Plastic freezer bags and freezer paper may be used to add an extra seal. Once meat or poultry has been cooked, it reduces the amount of freezer storage time. Cooked beef and poultry should only be stored frozen for 2-6 months (this can depend on how air-tight the seal is).