Freezing food acts as a pause button

It’s safe to freeze almost all food up until the use by date, including meat and meals cooked from previously cooked and frozen meat, such as leftovers. Once defrosted, the pause button is off, so defrost your food as you need it – and eat within 24 hours.

Source: Use by and best before dates @ Food Standards Agency

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