|When purchasing meat and poultry, you need a plan. Cook it or freeze it: Those are your choices with fresh chicken. Whether whole or in parts, the chicken should be cooked or frozen within two days.
While it’s difficult to throw out “good food,” if you’ve exceeded the two days, it’s best to err on the side of safety and dispose of raw chicken. If the chicken is cooked, the same two-day rule applies: You can safely freeze chicken within two days of cooking.
Cooked or raw chicken can be stored for six months in the freezer, properly wrapped in freezer paper and plastic wrap or in containers suitable for freezing.
Find our favorite chicken products and a coop full of recipes in our Gourmet Poultry Section.
Cook it or freeze it. Photo © Lobel’s Of New York.
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