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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

TURKEY DELI MEAT /COLD CUTS — SLICED AT GROCERY DELI COUNTER

RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 3-5 days
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 1-2 months
Tips
  • The precise answer to the question “How long does turkey deli meat last?” depends to a large extent on storage conditions — keep turkey deli meat (also known as lunch meat or cold cuts) refrigerated at all times.
  • To maximize the shelf life of turkey deli meat after opening, keep refrigerated and wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
  • How long does turkey deli meat last at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; turkey deli meat should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of turkey deli meat, freeze; when freezing, place turkey deli meat in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
  • You can maximize the shelf life of turkey deli meat 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 turkey deli meat 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.

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