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How long does smoked salmon keep (if never opened) [moved from Home Cooking board]

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My mom gave me a package of smoked wild Alaska salmon last Christmas. Or could have been the Christmas before that. I've never opened the package. Would it be safe to use now? I mean, that's why it was smoked in the first place, right? To preserve it?

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  1. Personally, I wouldn't eat salmon that was a month old, let alone a year old.

    1. I have a pack as well that is maybe 1 year old. Check this out:
      http://www.smoked-fish.com/faqs.html
      It says, quote:
      Does your smoked salmon need refrigeration?
      Our hot smoked salmon is shelf stable, like any canned product would be, for up to 5 years. It does not need refrigeration until the package is opened. Then any leftovers can be put in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months.
      Unquote.

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      1. re: morebubbles

        I found some in my pantry that I wasn't sure how long had been there. Thought I might serve to guests so I opened it in plenty of time just to make sure it was OK. Glad I did because it had really lost a lot of quality. Wasn't spoiled but certainly not in great shape. I'd probably be careful after 2 years or so - for flavor more than spoilage.

      2. Cold smoked or hot smoked? If frozen, indefinately. If refrigerated, it will eventually go bad.

        1. Pre-vacuumed, and refridgerated or not, I'd eat in a hearbeat, though some may think it my last. I see NO reason NOT to eat vacuum packed salmon a year later. Morebubbles' link is right on target.