HOW LONG DO VACUUM PACKED FOODS LAST?

Some foods will last up to 5 times longer than without vacuum packing. But it depends on the type of food and its quality before packing. It is important to remember that foods that normally need to be kept cool to prevent spoilage still need to be refrigerated or frozen as usual.

FRESH MEAT
For maximum product life, store fresh meat in the freezer – this should maintain freshness for 2-3 years.  If refrigerated, fresh meat should last 2 – 4 weeks.

GROUND MEAT
For maximum product life, store ground meat in the freezer – this should maintain freshness for up to 12 months.  If refrigerated, ground meat should last for 1 month. 

FISH
For maximum product life, store fish in the freezer – this should maintain freshness for up to 2 years.  If refrigerated, fish should last for 1 week.

FRESH PRODUCE
For maximum product life, store fresh produce in the freezer. Vegetables, if blanched, will last in the freezer for 2.5 years.  If refrigerated, will last for 3 weeks.  Fruits, if frozen, will last for up to years.  If refrigerated, will maintain its freshness for 2 weeks. 

CHEESE
Should be stored in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage.  If sealed properly, cheese will have a shelf life of approx 6 months.

BREADS
Breads, including items such as cookies or crackers, may be stored at room temperature.  They should maintain their freshness for up to 6 weeks.

GRAINS
Grains, including pasta & nuts, may be stored at room temperature.  They will have a shelf life of 1.5 to 2 years.