How long does lox from the grocery fish counter last? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — keep the lox refrigerated at all times.
To maximize the shelf life of lox from the fish counter, keep refrigerated and tightly wrapped in plastic or aluminum wrap.
Properly stored, lox from the grocery fish counter will last for about 5 to 8 days in the refrigerator.
Can you freeze lox purchased from the grocery fish counter? Yes, place the lox in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
To freeze lox, wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or place in heavy-duty freezer bag.
How long does lox from the fish counter last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 2 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
The freezer time shown is for best quality only — lox that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
How long does lox from the fish counter last after being frozen and thawed? Lox that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; lox that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
How can you tell if lox is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the lox: signs of bad lox are a sour smell and dull color; discard any lox with an off smell or appearance.
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