food storage

When Your Love Language is Leftovers…

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, everyone ends up with leftovers. Knowing the safe and proper way to store food will keep your tummy full & happy.

This is Public Health is brought to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

Knowing the safe and smart way to store food will help keep you safe and the quality of your food high. Different food groups- and different foods within those groups- should be stored in certain ways for varying amounts of time.

Food Storage Safety

  • Cold salads- ham, egg, chicken, macaroni, etc.- do not freeze well. Only keep them in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Canned foods, live shellfish, and shelled eggs should not be frozen.
  • Most meat- ham, beef, lamb, ground meats- will store for 3-5 days in the refrigerator. Chicken goes bad after 1-2 days. Lunch meat and hotdogs will store for 1-2 weeks. Most meat can be frozen for 1-4 months; chicken for up to a year.
  • Fish and shellfish can be kept in the fridge for 1-4 days and can be frozen for several months. Shrimp and squid can be frozen for up to 18 months.
  • Eggs in their shell will store for 3-5 weeks. Hardboiled eggs are good for one week.
  • Soups and stews, leftover pizza, and leftover meats are good for 3-4 days and can be frozen for up to 3 months.

For more information on food storage, visit offers a handy app (and website) that gives a recommended shelf life and freezer life for nearly everything in the grocery store, too! Visit or find them on Facebook for more information about the Tuscarawas County Health Department and their services.

Audrey Mattevi

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