How long will smoked salmon keep (opened)?
I opened a vacuumed packed and refrigerated package of smoked salmon (the thin sliced kind, not the flaky kind) this past Sunday and had it for lunch yesterday and there is one small piece left and was wondering if it would be okay tomorrow (Thursday)?
Janet - I usually wrap it in plastic, then put it in an air-tight container, and stick it in the back of the fridge. It'll last for a week or so (won't change color or anything)
Put it in a ziplock bag squeezing out as much air as possible then put it in the freezer. It will keep for a *very* long time (months). When you want it it only takes a few minutes to defrost. I just had a bunch that was frozen this way and then put in the fridge for a couple weeks and it's fine. I run the freezer at -10 to -5 and the fridge at 35-37. Keeping it cold and limiting its exposure to air is the trick so right after you open the package, use what you want and repackage the rest and put right into the freezer. Smoked Salmon will last a long time this way.
You have 'cold smoked' salmon.
CSS does not have as long a room temperature self life as 'hot smoked' which is pretty much salmon jerky.
I'd eat the salmon sooner than later but a day in the fridge is fine. IMO.