Shrimp should not be refrigerated for more than 2 to 3 days. Some companies print a sell-by date on the package, and this should be followed after purchasing shrimp.
Shrimp is safe to eat for up to 2 days past the sell-by date, according to USDA guidelines. It's important to store shrimp in the coolest spots of the refrigerator. Storing shrimp in the door exposes it to higher temperatures when the door is opened.
Cooked shrimp can be kept for three to four days in the refrigerator. Fresh shrimp should be cooked within a day or two. Frozen raw shrimp lasts six months, but cooked shrimp should be used within two months of freezing.
Shrimp have been known to live from 1 year to as long as over 20 years in captivity. According to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the life cycle varies based on geography and the species of shrimp.
Refrigerated cooked shrimp lasts up to 4 days when stored in the coldest part of the refrigerator away from the door. Cooked shrimp should be completely cooled and refrigerated within 2 hours of cooking, using an airtight food storage bag or container.
In the refrigerator, fresh pork and uncured ham last up to five days. Cured ham can remain safe for up to 7 days. Ground pork and liver has a shorter shelf life, lasting around two days.
Shrimp can last in the freezer for six to eight months past the sell-by date. The storage time is the same for fresh shrimp as open or cooked shrimp.