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When does smoked salmon/lox go bad?

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famccollough Nov 18, 2009 01:28 PM

I have smoked salmon/lox (for the bagel) that says to eat by 11/5. It is now 2 weeks later. Is it safe to eat???
Thanks!

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    cheesemaestro Nov 18, 2009 02:08 PM

    Take a whiff. Spoiled smoked salmon or lox smells rank. You'll know if you need to throw it out.

    1. steakman55 Nov 18, 2009 02:25 PM

      I keep it in a sealed Glad bag and no longer than a week.

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        small h Nov 18, 2009 06:03 PM

        After five days, it goes south pretty quick. cheesemaestro is right: you will know immediately. Spoiled lox stinks. Bad.

        1. BobB Nov 19, 2009 08:46 AM

          If it's fresh cut from a deli it's probably bad by now, but if it's a vacuum-sealed packet that's been kept refrigerated it may well still be fine. As others have said - open it and if it's bad your nose will know.

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            Diane in Bexley Nov 19, 2009 10:50 AM

            When in doubt, throw it out. Not worth the tummy ache. Two weeks is too long, even if it passes the smell test.

            1. Crater137 Nov 19, 2009 02:53 PM

              If it's stored properly you have some time. Remember, lox is preserved with salt. This is how people kept fish from spoiling before the good old ice box. As with the other posts, your nose will tell you.

              1. Sam Fujisaka Nov 20, 2009 03:17 AM

                Yes, smell it! Should be OK, however.

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