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Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood

Questions about food storage, specifically proteins such as meats, poultry, and seafood.

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Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood
Chicken Meat

How long is chicken good if kept frozen?

A whole chicken can keep up to a year in the freezer. Frozen chicken parts can last up to 9 months. But that will depend on how good the freezer is at maintaining temperature and how well the chicken is packaged for freezing. Make sure the chicken is packed securely and air-tight. Use packaging designed for freezing. Any air pockets or loose packaging will allow the food to dry out or become freezer-burned.

Freezing preserves food forever since it stops growth of bacteria. The problem is the quality of the taste diminishes with time. It should be good up to six months if it doesn't get freezer burnt by then.

Just so you know - once chicken has been frozen below 26°F, it can no longer be called 'fresh'.

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Ducks
Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood

How long can you keep a duck in freezer?

That's a question for a chef or butcher to answer.

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Chicken Meat

How long will cooked chicken stay fresh in the refrigerator?

Cooked chicken, if it has been handled, packaged and stored properly should stay reasonably good up to 4 days in the refrigerator. You can keep it longer if you freeze it.

People constantly ask for some type of verification that the food they eat will not make them ill. That is nearly impossible to do without bacteriological and chemical tests, so the best we can do is provide guidelines, like:

  • Handle food in a sanitary manner (wash hands, clean & sanitize food-contact surfaces, protect from cross-contamination, package & store properly)
  • Keep potentially hazardous food out of the temperature danger zone (140°F to 40°F). Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
  • Reheat leftover cooked foods thoroughly (to 165°F)
  • Use food within a reasonable time

Research will give you different answers. Remember that they are only guidelines. In the end, you are responsible for what you feed yourself and your family. This adage is a good one to follow: When in doubt, throw it out.
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Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood

Can you eat turkey breast after expiration date?

It is extremely dangerous to eat any fowl (turkey, chicken, duck, etc) after its expiration date. E. coli bacteria grow more readily in bird flesh than in mammal flesh.

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Chicken Meat

How long does chicken stay fresh in the refrigerator?

Cooked chicken could be good up to 4 days. Raw chicken is best used within 1 or 2 days. You should store the chicken in the coldest part of the refrigerator for best shelf life or put it in freezer if not used within that time frame.

Thawed chicken should be cooked as soon as possible. If not using the chicken immediately, store in the refrigerator and use within 24 hours of thawing. Thaw frozen chicken using one of three methods: in the refrigerator; in a cold water bath, changing the water every 30 minutes; or in the microwave. If using one of the last two quick-thaw methods, cook the chicken immediately. NEVER thaw chicken at room temperature. USDA recommends 1-2 days of refrigerated storage (40°F).

Depending upon the packaging of the chicken, how it was handled in-transit, and the temperature in the refrigerator, the chicken could last longer. For example, some refrigerators have a special meat storage drawer where the temperature is just under 32°F which will allow more shelf life.

Uncooked fresh chicken: less than 2-4 days in sealed package

Cooked chicken: less than 5 days in sealed bag or Tupperware

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Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood
Refrigerators

How long does opened bologna last in the fridge?

Generally deli products can last for a few months if they're not open from their original package. Once opened, the items can easily spoil in a matter of a week or less. I would say you have approximately 3-5 days depending on refrigeration.

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Beef and Veal

How long does raw ground beef stay fresh in the refrigerator?

Three (3) days is considered a maximum time to keep raw ground beef. It really should be used within a day or two of purchase. Freeze it immediately if it will not be used by then. Note that freezing old ground beef will not make it better. It should also be safe as long as the date on the package hasn't expired.

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Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood
Refrigerators

How long do cooked pierogies last in refrigerator?

You shouldn't keep them in the fridge for longer than 2 days as the filling doesn't taste good anymore. It's better to freeze them uncooked and then boil them on the day when you want to have them. They are the yummiest when eaten fresh, either boiled or boiled and then fried lightly. Hope my answer helps.

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Health
Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood

Why can't you eat frostbitten chicken?

Freezer burn changes the taste and texture of meat. You could eat it, if you really wanted to. It won't hurt you. It just won't be very appetizing.

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Food & Cooking
Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood
Freezing and Drying Food

Can you refreeze imitation crab?

it is not recommended to re- freeze any food product that has been partially defrosted due to the growth of harmful bacteria.

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Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood
Refrigerators

How long can fresh ground turkey be refrigerate?

2-3 DAYS. (Not weeks as the last person wrote)...

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Food Safety
Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood

Is a mushy tan chicken liver safe to eat?

Probably.

I'm assuming that the liver is fresh and was properly handled, kept cold, etc.

Livers vary in colour and texture so some will be deep red and others tan and softer. A lighter liver colour tends to mean there is more fat in the liver, which is why fois gras is quite pale. It can be affected by what the chicken is eating.

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Herbs Spices and Seasonings
Food Spoilage
Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood
Organic Chemistry

What animal does saltpeter come from?

Historically, it was derived from bat guano but now it's primarily created by oxidizing ammonia made by the Haber process.

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Dieting and Weight Loss
Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood
Calorie Count
Pork Chops

White spots on frozen pork chops?

It's freezer burn.

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Food & Cooking
Clams Oysters and Scallops
Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood
Freezing and Drying Food

Can you freeze oysters in a shell?

Not if you want to eat them and you want them to be tasty and delicious.

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Refrigerators

How long can bacon be left out of refrigerator?

If it is thawing, then as long as it takes to thaw completely. If it is already unfrozen, then perhaps a couple of hours, once, before being used either immediately or as soon as you next take it out of the fridge.

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Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood

Can you eat pork ribs that smell bad?

Unless it's the only food you've got, I fail to see a valid reason as to why you would expose yourself to that risk

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Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood

How long do cooked spareribs stay good for?

Cooked meats should be frozen if not used with in a few days. Storing meats in the refrigerator will only last 3 to 4 days. Freezing cooked meats is a better way to store it.

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Men's Health
Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood
Bananas and Plantains

How long does it take to thaw frozen bananas?

Ouch, man. I don't know, but I'd recommend sitting in some warm water, then buying warmer pants.

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Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood
Freezing and Drying Food

Is freezer burn fish safe to eat?

I was wondering the same thing and apparently it IS safe to eat and discarding freezer burned fish/meat is more for "quality" reasons. Heavily freezer burned food should probably not be eaten just because it wont taste too great. For less freezer-burned food, just cut away the pieces before or after cooking.

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Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood

Can you eat cooked corn beef left out overnight?

Yes, There is a chemical in corn beef that allows it to be left for 72 hours without growing harmful bacteria.

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Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood

Should you put hot turkey in refrigerator after cooking?

No, you do not put the turkey in your refrigerator after cooking. Give it time to cool down so your meat does not make you sick.

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Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood
Storage of Fruits and Vegetables

Meaning of non perishable?

Food that has little water content. Example: rice, cereal

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Clams Oysters and Scallops
Seafood

Scallops 2 days after sell by date?

Don't risk it.

When in doubt, throw it out.

In other words, don't eat or buy it!

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Storage of Meats Poultry and Seafood

What can you do with moldy smoked salmon?

Discard it.

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