How long to keep smoked salmon
This relates to my smoked salmon appetizer recipe question below. Ha!
For Christmas I received a generous gift of a whole smoked salmon from Scotland. It's beautifully packaged w/plastic between the salmon layers making for easy serving. It has a March 2012 expiration date.
I served some Christmas morning and wrapped it up well and refridgerated planning to serve the rest this upcoming weekend. I just checked it and read the fine print which says when the vacume pack is opened you should serve within 3 days. :(
It tastes fine, perhaps a bit salty, but the edges of the top piece are slightly discolored...brownish. May I cut that away and serve or should I toss? Thanks!
If it looks OK, smells OK and tastes OK, then it's probably OK.
That said, I'm not sure I'd be keen to eat it so long after the 3 day advisory. Three days is the standard advisory on our vac-pack meat and fish. It'll last longer, of course, but.........
Freezing works pretty well. Periodically, I come across smoked salmon in the supermarket , discounted because it's near to its date. That's about the only time I can afford to buy it. I portion it out - some into small portions for mixing in to breakfast scrambled eggs, larger portions for sandwiches or meals. Then I freeze.
When it comes to food safety for myself, I live life on the edge. As Harters said, if it looks OK, smells OK, and tastes OK, then that's my green light. I tend to ignore expiration dates, and rely more on smell and look, followed by taste. I once ate a yogurt that was 6 months passed expiration date. It was fine, and I was fine.
Three days for smoked salmon is ridiculous! Fresh salmon, sure, but smoking is a preservation method. I have a package of smoked salmon in my refrigerator that I opened at least a month ago, and it's still fine. If yours smells fine, isn't slimy, looks good and tastes the way it's supposed to taste, it would be a waste to throw it out just because the package says to keep it only three days. No doubt their lawyers made them say that.