Is there a typical rule of thumb regarding how long will hot smoked food last if vacuumed and fridged (not in freezer)? For me, it would normally be referring to smoked Salmon.
He didn't say he was going to eat it, probably keep it forever if the bag stays sealed.
I think he meant in the freezer. I trust my fridge a lot, I would go easily a week, I would bet on two but I would definitely do the smell and touch test if that long.
Reason why I'm asking is that I'll be smoking more fish this weekend and plan to give most of it away the following weekend, thus why I am asking. Typically I always freeze all meats I've vacuumed the day of or after I have smoked.
I've read 2 to 3 yrs in the freezer. learning from experience vacuuming sausage and refrigerating it.... 2 months. After 2 months It will start to get slimey and when its cooked you will see a white specks on the casing.....
I do salmon/steelhead all the time. questions; did you brine/ that will give you a good say 3 weeks or so. cold smoked even longer. hot smoked 225ish and not brined week at best. its not gonna be harmful but your flavs are gonna start to be off after about a week no matter what you do. I try to freeze it fresh and smoke when im in the mood for it. always better hot out of the smoker, my girls destroy it in about 10 mins. but if your giving it away they will be happy to get what they can!! never heard anyone gripe about free smoked salmon.good luck and happy smokin
As far as safety frozen food last forever. Quality goes down hill at varying times for diff. foods. Lean meat or fish taste better longer then fattier types. Vacuum packed last longer then not. Personal tastes vary, one man might think 6 month old frozen trout taste fine and the next guy thinks it's too fishy. How ever once you see freezer burn you know you've held that food way too long so use sooner next time.