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How Long Frozen Food Lasts

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Ask the Diva: How Long Does Frozen Food Keep?

Q. I eat a lot of frozen meals for lunch. I would really like to be able to reduce my spending and waste (plastic and cardboard) by making food at home and freezing it in lunch-sized portions. How long can I keep something I made at home in the freezer before it goes bad?

A.  Assuming that your freezer is cold enough (0 degrees Fahrenheit), food can be safely frozen indefinitely. However, the nutritional quality (as well as the palatability) may start to decline after two or three months.  For more detailed information, see this USDA guide: Freezing and Food Safety.
 

About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show. 

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