Making food ahead of time at home can save drivers thousands of dollars every year. Not only that, it’s healthier and it allows you to eat the food that you love instead of settling for the quickest option on the road, or the same burger you’ve been eating for years. One problem that many drivers have is knowing just how long they can store pre-cooked or even raw ingredients in the fridge or freezer.

We’ve put together this quick guide to help you with some general rules of thumb when it comes to storing pre-cooked, homemade meals.

Category Food Fridge Freezer
Salads Egg, chicken, ham, tuna & macaroni salads 3 to 5 Days Does Not Freeze Well
Hot Dogs Opened Package 1 Week 1 to 2 Months
Unopened Package 2 Weeks 1 to 2 Months
Lunch Meat Openened Package or Deli Sliced 3 to 5 Days 1 to 2 Months
Unopened Package 2 Weeks 1 to 2 Months
 Bacon Bacon 1 to 2 Days 1 Month
 Sausage  Raw from Chicken, turkey, pork or beef  1 to 2 Days 1 to 2 Months
 Ground Meet  Ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb, or any mixture of them  1 to 2 Days   3 to 4 Months
 Fresh Meat  Steaks, Chops and Roasts of beef, Pork, Lamb or Veal  3 to 5 Days  4 to 6 Months
 Fresh Poultry  Chicken and Turkey (whole or pieces)  1 to 2 Days  9 Months
 Soups and Stews  Any Variety  3 to 4 Days  2 to 3 Months
 Leftovers  Cooked meat, pasta, rice, sauces and so on  3 to 4 Days  up to 6 Months