How Long Do Meats Last?

How long do meats last? The shelf of meats depends on the preparation method, the best by date and and how the meat is stored. Meats can be purchased raw, cured, smoked, canned, dried, etc. Meats can also come from all sorts of animals. We've separated them out somewhat on the meat menu. For white meats, be sure to check the poultry menu.

So, how long do meats last? Take a browse through all of the different types of meat to find out not only how long they last, but how to make them last longer and how to tell if they've gone bad.

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What are our shelf life resources?

In determining how long Meats lasts, our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Meats.

*An important note about expiration dates...

Although the Meats shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not a replacement for your health care professional. Please eat responsibly!