Food Expiration Dates 101: How Long to Keep Ice Cream, Pizza and other Frozen Foods

The freezer is a frugal cook’s best friend. It’s the perfect place for pre-made or leftover meals and allows you to stock up on sale items like family-packs of chicken or 3-for-1 frozen vegetables. While foods kept at zero degrees Fahrenheit are safe to eat indefinitely, there still are expiration dates to make sure your food is the best quality. Read on for recommendations from StillTasty.com (19 Photos)

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Food Expiration Dates 101: How Long to Keep Ice Cream, Pizza and other Frozen Foods

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Frozen Pizza (Most Types)

Unopened or Opened: 18 months

Keep frozen until ready to heat and serve. Once prepared, store leftover pizza in the refrigerator for up to two days covered in plastic wrap or foil.

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