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Can Freezing Nearly-Expired Food Actually Extend Its Life?
By David Tran
While the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that food is generally safe to eat after its expiration date, freezing some foods will extend their shelf life significantly.
Canned meat that has been opened can last for two months in the freezer, as can processed meats, such as deli slices, hot dogs, and sausages.
Uncooked fresh meat, like beef and pork, can last in the freezer for anywhere from three months to a year, depending on the cut. Similarly, fish will last for three to 12 months.
Whole poultry lasts about two days but can be kept in the freezer for about a year, while poultry pieces and ground poultry last about nine and three months, respectively.
Additionally, fruits and vegetables can stay in the freezer for a year. However, if you have eggs that are about to expire, the USDA does not recommend freezing them.
Of course, if your food shows any sign of spoilage in smell, taste, or texture, the USDA recommends that you throw it out.