How Much Longer Can Vacuum Sealed Foods Last? Our Guide

So, what are the real benefits of Vacuum Sealers? We’ve reviewed loads of models here and discussed a lot of the benefits such as marinating and prepping for sous vide or other cooking methods, but the main reason people buy Foodsaver or other brands of Vacuum Sealers is for their benefits when it comes to storing food, keeping them fresh for longer and allowing you to store food in the pantry, fridge or freezer for longer and more efficiently.

VACUUM SEALED FOOD Storage Time Storage Time after Vacuum Sealng
Beef (Steaks, Joints) Max 1 year 2-3 years
Beef (Ground, Mince or Diced Cuts) 3 months 12 months
Lean Fish (Cod, Bream etc.) 6 months 2 years
Fatty Fish (Salmon) -3 months 12 months
Pork 6 months 2-3 years
Chicken/Poultry up to 12 months 2-3 years
Soups, Stews, Sauces 2-4 months 1-2 years
Vegetables 6-9 months 2-3 years
Cheese a few weeks 4-8 months
Cold Meats 3-4 days 7-10 days
Fruit 1-5 days 7-14 days
Vegetables 2-7 days 7-14 days
Cereal 2-3 months 6-12 months
Coffee (Ground) a few weeks 1-2 years
Cookies (Homemade) 1-2 weeks 3-6 weeks
Flour 6 months 1-2 years
Pasta/Rice 6 months 2 years

The above is a guide, and does need something of a disclaimer. You’ll need to test the food or use your discretion as to whether it is good to eat, which is no different to normal food prep really! Our guide above is general and you should check the instructions or guidelines of your sealer manufacturer.

The point is that in the vast majority of cases food will last so much longer when vacuum sealed and stored and allow you to save money in the long term as you don’t have to replace food.

The benefits for hunting, buying in bulk or just normal kitchen users are vast, and of course here at Vacuum Sealer Geek we really recommend having these types of products at your disposal to keep your food for longer and feed yourself and your family for longer, cheaper. It also opens up a world of food prep options as you can make meals further in advance and freeze them for reheating when you need them, even months in the future.