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Storage Tips

Here’s some helpful tips for keeping your pork as fresh as possible:
  • When shopping, try to pick up perishable items (such as pork) last.
  • If there’s likely to be an extended delay between the shops and returning home, take along an insulated container to keep the meat cold.
  • Ensure that you place your pork in the fridge or freezer as soon as possible upon returning home.
  • If the pork is loose wrapped, place on a plate covered with plastic food wrap or in a sealed container lined with a layer of paper towel.
  • Store pork in the coolest part of the fridge.

Storage Life

  • Some pork will be sold with a ‘use by’ or ‘best before’ date. Follow these dates where provided.
  • Fresh pork should smell fresh and have a sweet aroma – not overly ‘meaty’.
  • Fresh pork will be pink or pale in colour and feel firm – not slimy or greying in colour.


  • Always use a freezer bag or airtight container prior to freezing, removing as much air as possible.
  • If storing steak, chops or multiple large items, place food safe plastic between layers or wrap individually in separate bags.  This makes defrosting easier and will prevent freezer burn.
  • Pork can be kept for up to 6 months depending on how it’s wrapped and stored.
  • Frozen pork should be thawed before use
  • Whenever possible, slow-thaw pork in the fridge for 24-48 hours prior to cooking.
  • Never thaw meat in the sun or warm water.  If urgent thawing is required, microwave defrosting is the safest method.

Recommended storage temperatures and shelf life

Cut Temperature °C Shelf life in the home
Small cuts e.g. loin steak 0-3 3 days
Large cuts e.g. pork leg 0-3 3-5 days
Cured meats 0-3 2-3 weeks

This chart is a guide only for shelf life.