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Jun 18, 2011 06:05 PM

How long can I keep crab meat in the fridge?

I have half a container of lump crab meat in the fridge. (Used half for a grilled snapper with crabmeat stuffing that was less than highly successful. DH loved it, I thought it blah.)

I don't really want to freeze it, because I'd like to stuff some tomatoes with crab salad. A Google search found a couple of seafood purveyors that say it can be held in the fridge for up to 10 days. True? That sounds crazy to me. It's not the pasteurized canned stuff. This is lump meat picked from cooked fresh blue crabs.

What say y'all?

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  1. 10 days is definitely too long, even for the pasteurized stuff once it's been opened! fresh, cooked crab meat out of the shell is usually good for 3-4 days, maybe 5 max.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Agree with ghg. Especially as we're into summer and fridge shelf life is generally shortened a bit by the warmer ambient temps. Would also keep it in the back of the fridge until you're ready to use it.

      I'm not hypercautious about shelf life but proteins from the water tend to go bad faster than others.

    2. Properly stored, 10 days or more is no problem.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        wow, ipse, you really eat seafood after it's been sitting in the fridge for 10 days? you're a braver soul than i am.

      2. Thank you so much for posting this! I came home tonight from a charity auction with about 2 lbs of fresh crabmeat. I love it and so does my daughter, but no way can we finish it in a day. Thanks for the info!

        1. This was passed to me by a fellow CH'er and this is a good place to pass the gift along. The ultimate web site for "Is it still good?" and "How long will it last?" questions. According to them 3-5 days in the fridge, 3 Mos. in the freezer (for best quality) for cooked, shelled crab meat. A link to sources is on the site along with storage instructions. Enjoy!

          1. I've found this website to be a good guide to food storage time: