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How long can food be kept in the freezer?

  1. Food will keep for months up to a year in the freezer. By putting food in the freezer, you extend the shelf life. Freezing can help prevent food waste. The ideal deep-freeze temperature is -18 ° C.

How long can it keep in the freezer

  1. This overview shows how long food will keep in the freezer. Bread - 1 month Freeze bread immediately after purchase and always take out the sandwiches you need. Vegetable - 1 year Blanch vegetables before freezing them. Blanching means short cooking (a few minutes). Most vegetables, such as cauliflower, broccoli, red cabbage, beet, zucchini and eggplant, can be frozen. Vegetables that contain a lot of water, such as lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber, are not suitable for freezing. For example, by mashing tomatoes you can freeze them. Fruits - 8-12 months Freeze banana without peel. Remove the core from the apple and pear. You can freeze grapes and berries whole. Fish - 3-6 months Lean fish such as cod, coalfish, tuna and plaice can be kept in the freezer for 6 months. Fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel can be kept frozen for 3 months. Poultry - 3 months Chicken and turkey can be kept in the freezer for 3 months. Meat - 2-9 months The shelf life in the freezer can differ for meat: Pork - 2 months Minced meat - 3 months Lamb - 3 months Beef - 9 months Legumes - 3 months Cooked legumes can be kept for 3 months in the freezer. Think kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, brown and white beans. It concerns canned legumes that have already been pre-cooked, or that you have soaked yourself and possibly pre-cooked. Rice and leftovers - 3 months Leftovers or leftovers such as cooked rice can be kept in the freezer for 3 months.

More info about freezing, storage and thawing

  1. For more information about food storage and drink in the Bewaarwijzer. Also watch: How do I defrost? Can you freeze food twice? Safe cooling and storage

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