Pork Sell By Date ??? Updated with USDA Guideline.

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by tom c, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. tom c

    tom c Smoking Fanatic

    How long after the Sell by Date is safe for Pork? I have 2 shoulders not frozen with a sell by date of yesterday but wasn't planning to cook them till Saturday, prepping Friday night.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2011
  2. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    How were they packaged?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    As long as they are vaccum packed and have been kept colder then 40° you should be fine but it is a very touchie subject. You should also try the smell test and if it is anything out of the norm I would toss it.
  4. tom c

    tom c Smoking Fanatic

    Found this on USDA web site,

    Refrigerator Home Storage (at 40 °F or below) of Fresh or Uncooked Products

    If product has a "use-by" date, follow that date.
    If product has a "sell-by" date or no date, cook or freeze the product by the times on the following chart.
    Refrigerator Storage of Fresh or Uncooked Products
    ProductStorage Times After Purchase
    Poultry1 or 2 days
    Beef, Veal, Pork and Lamb3 to 5 days
    Ground Meat and Ground Poultry1 or 2 days
    Fresh Variety Meats (Liver, Tongue, Brain, Kidneys, Heart, Chitterlings)1 or 2 days
    Cured Ham, Cook-Before-Eating5 to 7 days
    Sausage from Pork, Beef or Turkey, Uncooked1 or 2 days
    Eggs3 to 5 weeks
  5. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

     If it is bad you are going to know it when you open the package.
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Five days after code if Cryovac packed, 3-5 if not but depends on how often the refer door gets open...You should be fine if it was handled properly...JJ
  7. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Good info Tom C

    Thanks for pulling that link up.  Got it saved in my favorites
  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Tom!

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