A Guide for When to Toss All the Food in Your Freezer

Like fruit...and cookie dough

You made that split-pea soup last--wait a minute--how long ago was that? A little freezer burn never hurt anybody, but if the contents of your icebox are fully crystallized, it might be time to say buh-bye. Consult this helpful guide for when you should actually toss all the stuff in your freezer. Ice cream, we’re looking at you.

Ice cream (opened): 1 to 2 months

Leftover or frozen pizza: 1 to 2 months

Bread: 1 to 2 months

Bacon or sausage: 1 to 2 months

Hot dogs: 1 to 2 months

Meatballs: 2 to 3 months

Soups, stews or casseroles: 2 to 3 months

Cookie dough: 3 months

Uncooked ground beef: 3 to 4 months

Frozen dinners, waffles and other packaged goods: 3 to 4 months

Cooked meat or poultry: 2 to 6 months

Uncooked fish and shellfish: 3 to 6 months

Uncooked pork chops: 4 to 6 months

Fresh fruits or veggies: 5 to 6 months

Butter: 6 to 9 months

Frozen fruits or veggies: 6 to 10 months

Uncooked steaks: 6 to 12 months

Uncooked poultry: 9 to 12 months