BACON, RAW, COMMERCIALLY VACUUM PACKAGED — OPENED PACKAGE
The precise answer to the question “How long does bacon last?” depends to a large extent on storage conditions — keep bacon refrigerated at all times.
To maximize the shelf life of bacon after opening, keep refrigerated and wrapped tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
How long does bacon last after the use-by date if the package is unopened? Unopened bacon that has been continuously refrigerated will usually keep for about one week after the "use by" date on the package.
How long does bacon last at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; bacon should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
To further extend the shelf life of bacon, freeze; when freezing, place bacon in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
You can maximize the shelf life of bacon in the freezer by overwrapping the original store packaging with airtight heavy-duty aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper or place the package inside a heavy-duty freezer bag in order to prevent freezer burn.
How long does bacon last in the freezer for safety purposes? The freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
How long does bacon last in the fridge once it is cooked? Cooked bacon will usually stay good for 3 to 4 days in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer.
How to tell if bacon is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the bacon: signs of bad bacon are an off smell, dull color and slimy texture; if bacon develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded.
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