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How Long Will Pork Tenderloin Keep in the Freezer?

Updated April 17, 2017

Pork tenderloins are a popular cut of pork. Freezing can keep pork tenderloins on hand without the risk of bacteria, however, they must be frozen properly to extend their shelf life.

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Freezing Freshly Butchered Pork

How you prepare pork tenderloin for freezing is important. For long-term freezing of fresh pork from the butchers, it is best to wrap the polystyrene tray the fresh pork comes in with cling wrap to prevent air from entering. It is important that the meat is either refrigerated or frozen within two hours to prevent spoiling.

Freezing Store-Bought Pork

Your store-bought pork tenderloin must be properly wrapped in cling wrap or aluminium foil before it goes in the freezer. Without proper preparation, storing your pork tenderloin in the freezer is unlikely to extend the shelf life at all and may very well allow in bacteria and spoilage.

Freezing Time

Ideally, you should eat your pork tenderloin within three months for maximum nutrition and taste. However, it can be kept for four to 12 months in the freezer if properly stored and wrapped.

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Based in Phoenix, Meghan Jones has been writing fiction, nonfiction and poetry since 2002. Her creative work "Invisible Driveways" was published by Destructive Heart Press in 2006. Jones received the Mary A. Hill English Creative Writing Scholarship, and she won the Curios Southwest Writing Contest in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English creative writing from Northern Arizona University.

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