How long can you freeze pork chops?

How long can you freeze pork chops?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long can you freeze pork chops?”, and how to safely freeze pork chops?

This article also includes a brief guide on how to safely thaw frozen pork chops. 

How long can you freeze pork chops?

Frozen pork chops last 3-5 days in the fridge and 4-6 months in the freezer If the temperature is steady at 40℉(or below) and 0℉, respectively. If stored properly, frozen pork chops remain safe to eat after the 6-month window but won’t quite hit the spot due to degraded quality. 

How long do leftovers last?

 

Category  Food  Refrigerator

(40 °F or below)

Freezer

(0 °F or below)

Salads  Egg, chicken, ham, tuna, & macaroni salads 3-5 days Does not freeze well 
Hot dogs  Opened package

Unopened package  

1 week 

2 weeks 

1-2 months 

1-2 months 

Lunchmeat  Opened package or deli-sliced 

Unopened package 

3-5 days 

2 weeks 

1-2 months 

1-2 months 

Bacon and sausage  Raw bacon 

Raw sausage made from chicken, turkey, pork, and beef 

7 days 

1-2 days 

1 month

1-2 months 

Hamburger and other ground meats  Raw hamburger, ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb, and mixtures of them 1-2 days  3-4 months 
Raw beef, veal, lamb, and pork Steaks 

Chops

Roasts 

3-5 days 

3-5 days 

3-5 days 

6-12 months 

4-6 months 

4-12 months 

Raw poultry  Chicken or turkey, whole 

chicken or turkey, pieces 

1-2 days 

1-2 days 

1 year 

9 months 

Soups and stews leftovers  Vegetable or meat added

Cooked meat or poultry 

Chicken nuggets or patties 

Pizza 

3-4 days 

3-4 days 

3-4 days 

3-4 days 

2-3 months 

2-6 months 

1-3 months 

1-2 months 

How to freeze pork chops?

The texture and flavor of the pork chops are independent of their initial form i.e raw or cooked, as long as you safely cook and freeze the pork chops. 

Freezing raw pork chops

Wrapping: Wrap each cut of pork chop, once with cling film, and again with aluminum foil. You can also skip the plastic wrap and double wrap the chop with aluminum foil. 

 

Toss in the container: Grab a freezer bag and toss the individual double wrapped pork chops in it. Press the bag to remove as much air as possible from the bag to minimize the air contact of the chops, thus, preventing freezer burn.

 

Label and freeze: Put a clear label on the freezer bag. This will help you keep track of the shelf-life of the pork chops. Chuck the freezer bag in the back of the freezer or where the temperature is most stable. 

Freezing cooked pork chops 

Let the chops cool: It is very important to let the steam escape or else it will get trapped in the pork chops and lead to spoilage. 

 

Putting hot pork chops in the freezer may raise the freezer’s temperature causing thawing of the nearby foods. So let the coked chops reach room temperature before you proceed.

 

Wrapping: Wrap the cooked or the leftovers of the pork chops using aluminum foil. Double wrap for added protection.

 

Toss in the container: Simply put all the wrapped pork chops into the freezer bag. Do not overcrowd or underfill the bag. Keep the air minimum by squeezing the bag.

 

Label and freeze: Put a clear label on the freezer bag. This will help you keep track of the shelf-life of the pork chops. Chuck the freezer bag in the back of the freezer or where the temperature is most stable. 

How to defrost pork chops?

If the frozen pork chops are to b used for making soups and stews or for grilling, you can skip the defrosting step. But this will add to the cooking and grilling time. 

 

The safest way to defrost frozen pork chops is to leave them overnight or for at least 6 hours in the fridge. Make sure the chops are placed on a plate to catch drippings. 

 

Microwaving on the ‘Defrost setting’ is a hasty way to thaw pork chops but is not recommended since it leaves cold spots and threatens the safety of the meat. 

Is it safe to thaw pork chops on the counter?

Never thaw any meat product on the counter. Defrosting pork chops on the counter will make it favorable for the bacteria to grow and make the meat unfit for consumption. 

Can you refreeze pork chops?

Yes, you can refreeze the pork chops but only if they were thawed in the fridge. However, refreezing is not recommended since it damages the texture and flavor of the pork chops to a significant extent. 

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “How long can you freeze pork chops?”, and how to safely freeze pork chops?

References

https://www.statefoodsafety.com/Resources/Resources/when-to-throw-it-out-leftovers

https://pantrytips.com/can-you-freeze-pork-chops/

 

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