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How long do you guys store smoked meats in the fridge?

post #1 of 10
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Just curious how many days you guys leave stuff in the fridge?  I am usually cool with 2 weeks but thought I might see what others do. 

post #2 of 10

they don't last too long...3 days tops normally!!!

post #3 of 10

Nothing that I cook or smoke last that long , everyone eats it up . Between my parents ,nieghbor and friends I get pillaged ! LOL

post #4 of 10

There have been a few ocassions where I've reluctantly pitched a couple small baggies of smoked goodies on the 5th day. Cured and smoked, I don't risk after 7 days, and in either case, this may even be pushing things a bit.

 

One thing to consider is that modern refrigerators are designed to properly chill the food, but need to be loaded correctly in order to operate correctly. If they have a light load, they can warm up too much when they are in the defrost mode. If they are loaded too heavily the defrost mode won't be an issue, but, then the cold air may not circulate effectively throughout the unit. Some foods may even become frozen while others are too warm. We have a family of 7, a 26 cu ft side-by-side for our main unit, a 4.2 cu ft for my Q-fridge (thawing/curing), 2 upright freezers and a 21 cu ft side-by-side for outdoor use in my Q-kitchen in the summer. We're constantly overloading our main fridge, so it becomes a concern to me quite often.

 

Bear in mind, you're not using the chemical preservatives which the commercially produced cold-cuts have in them. Even the good packaging of certain brands of cold cuts won't stop bacteria after it's opened.

 

Smoking, increased salt content from using dry rubs, and especially curing will preserve the meat and increase the product's refrigerator life, but it's nothing to gamble with.

 

I've gotten sick from deli smoked turkey breast about 15 years ago...bag wasn't dated and I was suffering through sinus congestion (my sniffer didn't work for squat). The thing is, meats may still smell fine and it could be right on the verge of getting toxic from bacterial waste to make you sick. When it's turned completely nasty with odor and has a slimy feel, yeah, that's instant trouble. Anyway, one sandwich and less than 8 hours later, I found myself with severe gastro-intestinal cramps and after many fast-paced trips to the large porcelain receptacle, it was finally over...after 6 or 8 more hours of sheer agony. Lucky for me, it was coming out the back door instead of the front.

 

Point being, don't take the chance on it spoiling. My rule of thumb is that if we may not eat it within 3 days, it goes to the freezer for a "rainy day". And it doesn't matter much to me weather it's candian bacon, corned beef pastrami, or my cured/smoked chicken sausage (all being cured smoked), or juyst smoked ribs, pulled pork, brisket, yard birds...I tell my wife and kids to eat it or freeze it after the second day. If there is a lot of it, chances are it's going to the freezer.

 

If I'm looking through the fridge for something to cook or snack on and find a package without a date and no-one seems to know how old it is, I just toss it. It's not worth it, IMO.

 

Trust me, food poisoning sux big time, and I wouldn't wish it on anyone...well, except maybe for Osama Bin Laden...LOL!!!!!!

 

Eric

post #5 of 10

I think Eric said it all. Better safe than sorry.

post #6 of 10
I'm with them. It's usually just me & my wife, but if it's not vav sealed & frozen it goes in the trash after 1 week
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2 weeks do you like hairy meat or what. We don't leave anything if the refrig for more then 2-3 days then it's into the freezer or the trash. Now I forgot who was the first to mention this but here goes. "It's not Red Meat that's bad for you it the green hairy meat thats Bad for you."

post #8 of 10

I don't eat anything left in the fridge for more than 4-5 days and sometimes less depending on what it is...

post #9 of 10

This is from the FDA food safety site.

 

Source: http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/storagetimes.html

 

 

Quote:

Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer

These short but safe time limits for home-refrigerated foods will keep them from spoiling or becoming dangerous to eat. The guidelines for freezer storage are for quality only. Frozen foods remain safe indefinitely.

For storage times for eggs and foods made with eggs, see Egg Storage Chart.

Category

Food

Refrigerator
(40 °F or below)

Freezer
(0 °F or below)

Salads

Egg, chicken, ham, tuna & macaroni salads

3 to 5 days

Does not freeze well

Hot dogs

opened package

1 week

1 to 2 months

unopened package

2 weeks

1 to 2 months

Luncheon meat

opened package or deli sliced

3 to 5 days

1 to 2 months

unopened package

2 weeks

1 to 2 months

Bacon & Sausage

Bacon

7 days

1 month

Sausage, raw — from chicken, turkey, pork, beef

1 to 2 days

1 to 2 months

Hamburger & Other Ground Meats

Hamburger, ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb, & mixtures of them

1 to 2 days

3 to 4 months

Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork

Steaks

3 to 5 days

6 to 12 months

Chops

3 to 5 days

4 to 6 months

Roasts

3 to 5 days

4 to 12 months

Fresh Poultry

Chicken or turkey, whole

1 to 2 days

1 year

Chicken or turkey, pieces

1 to 2 days

9 months

Soups & Stews

Vegetable or meat added

3 to 4 days

2 to 3 months

Leftovers

Cooked meat or poultry

3 to 4 days

2 to 6 months

Chicken nuggets or patties

3 to 4 days

1 to 3 months

Pizza

3 to 4 days

1 to 2 months

post #10 of 10

This is from the FDA food safety site.

 

Source: http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/storagetimes.html

 

 

Quote:

Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer

These short but safe time limits for home-refrigerated foods will keep them from spoiling or becoming dangerous to eat. The guidelines for freezer storage are for quality only. Frozen foods remain safe indefinitely.

For storage times for eggs and foods made with eggs, see Egg Storage Chart.

Category

Food

Refrigerator
(40 °F or below)

Freezer
(0 °F or below)

Salads

Egg, chicken, ham, tuna & macaroni salads

3 to 5 days

Does not freeze well

Hot dogs

opened package

1 week

1 to 2 months

unopened package

2 weeks

1 to 2 months

Luncheon meat

opened package or deli sliced

3 to 5 days

1 to 2 months

unopened package

2 weeks

1 to 2 months

Bacon & Sausage

Bacon

7 days

1 month

Sausage, raw — from chicken, turkey, pork, beef

1 to 2 days

1 to 2 months

Hamburger & Other Ground Meats

Hamburger, ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb, & mixtures of them

1 to 2 days

3 to 4 months

Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork

Steaks

3 to 5 days

6 to 12 months

Chops

3 to 5 days

4 to 6 months

Roasts

3 to 5 days

4 to 12 months

Fresh Poultry

Chicken or turkey, whole

1 to 2 days

1 year

Chicken or turkey, pieces

1 to 2 days

9 months

Soups & Stews

Vegetable or meat added

3 to 4 days

2 to 3 months

Leftovers

Cooked meat or poultry

3 to 4 days

2 to 6 months

Chicken nuggets or patties

3 to 4 days

1 to 3 months

Pizza

3 to 4 days

1 to 2 months

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