How Long Can You Save It Guide

How Long Can You Save It Guide

October 01, 2018

Using a vacuum sealer is one of the best and most convenient ways to keep food fresh longer. Whether you're storing ingredients in the pantry, leftovers in the fridge or bulk purchases in the freezer, with vacuum sealing you can make food last up to 5X longer than traditional storage methods.

Food

Stored In

Normal Shelf Life

Vacuum Shelf Life

Large cuts of meat: beef, poultry, lamb and pork

Freezer

6 months

2-3 years

Ground meat: beef, poultry, lamb and pork

Freezer

4 months

1 year

Fish

Freezer

6 months

2 years

Coffee beans

Room temperature

4 weeks

16 months

Coffee beans

Freezer

6-9 months

2-3 years

Berries: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries

Refrigerator

1-3 days

1 week

Berries: cranberries, huckleberries, blueberries

Refrigerator

3-6 days

2 weeks

Cheese

Refrigerator

1-2 weeks

4-8 months

Cookies, crackers

Room temperature (periodically opening)

1-2 weeks

3-6 weeks

Flour, sugar, rice

Room temperature

6 months

1-2 years

Lettuce

Refrigerator

3-6 days

2 weeks

Nuts

Room temperature

6 months

2 years

Oils with no preservatives, like safflower, canola, corn oil

Room temperature

5-6 months

1-1.5 years

Wine

Refrigerator

1-3 weeks

2-4 months

Above table adapted by Tilia Inc. from Dr. G.K.York, Dept. of Food Science & Tech, U of California, Davis.