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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

BACON, RAW, COMMERCIALLY VACUUM PACKAGED — OPENED PACKAGE

RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 7-10 days
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 1-2 months
Tips
  • 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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