How Long is Cooked Meat Good for


Keeping a well-stocked freezer is essential if you want to be able to pull together meals at any time. But what happens when you end up with too much food in there? How long can your cooked meat stay good for? To help answer this question, we’ve compiled a list of foods that you may have in your fridge or freezer at any given time and the optimal amount of time it takes for each one to spoil.

Ground beef

Ground beef can be kept in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days. Be sure to store it in a sealed container, as air exposure will cause ground beef to spoil more quickly. If you don’t want to cook it all at once, divide it into smaller portions and freeze them until you need them.


Chicken is safe to eat for 3 or 4 days. It’s not safe to eat if it smells bad or looks bad. If you’re not sure how long chicken has been in your refrigerator, throw it away.




Pork chops: 3-5 days

Pork tenderloin: 4-7 days

Pork roast: 4 days

Pork ribs: 2-3 days


Poultry is one of the most versatile meats, and it can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. However, you should make sure that poultry is thoroughly cooked before eating it.

Poultry should not be frozen unless it has been cooked first (in which case freezing will preserve the taste). If you want to store uncooked poultry in your fridge, make sure that they are well wrapped so they don’t come into contact with any other food items that may spoil quickly and cause cross-contamination among different types of food items.

Ground meat (1 or 2 days), whole chicken (4 or 5 days), and pork chops (3-5 days).

  • Ground meat (1 or 2 days), whole chicken (4 or 5 days), and pork chops (3-5 days).

Ground meats such as beef, veal and lamb have a high risk of contamination because there is no skin to protect them from bacteria. If you’re not sure when your ground meat was last cooked, cut it into chunks before freezing it so that when you cook it again you’ll know whether or not it’s been frozen beforehand.

Whole chickens should be stored in the refrigerator at 40 degrees Farenheit or lower until they are ready to be cooked; this will keep them fresh longer than if they were left out on the countertop at room temperature.*


It’s important to remember that cooking meat properly is key. If you’re going to eat it raw or rare, make sure it’s from a trusted source and handled properly. And if you’re cooking your meat well done, then go ahead and keep that in mind when planning your meals!

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