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SMOKED SALMON, COMMERCIALLY VACUUM-PACKAGED - OPENED

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1 week
Freezer
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2-3 months

Tips

  • How long does a package of smoked salmon last once opened? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep the smoked salmon refrigerated at all times.
  • To maximize the shelf life of a package of smoked salmon after opening, keep refrigerated and tightly wrapped in plastic or aluminum wrap.
  • Properly stored, an opened package of smoked salmon will last for about 1 week in the refrigerator.
  • Is an opened package of smoked salmon still safe after the "sell by" date or "best by date" on the package? Yes - after the smoked salmon is opened, it will typically remain safe to use for 1 week, even if the "sell-by" or "best by" date on the package expires.
  • Can you freeze smoked salmon? Yes, place the salmon in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
  • To freeze smoked salmon, wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or place in heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • How long does a package of smoked salmon last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - smoked salmon that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does a package of smoked salmon last after being frozen and thawed? A package of smoked salmon that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; a package of smoked salmon that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if an opened package of smoked salmon is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the smoked salmon: signs of bad salmon are a sour smell and dull color; discard any salmon with an off smell or appearance.

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