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MACARONI SALAD — HOMEMADE OR STORE-PREPARED

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Tips
  • How long does macaroni salad last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate macaroni salad within two hours of preparing or purchasing.
  • To maximize the shelf life of macaroni salad for safety and quality, refrigerate the macaroni salad in airtight containers.
  • Properly stored, macaroni salad will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • How long can macaroni salad be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; macaroni salad should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • How to tell if macaroni salad is bad? If macaroni salad develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded; do not taste first.

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