What to do with leftover pre-packed smoked salmon?
- letsindulge Jul 21, 2012 11:45 AM
Have an open package of Norwegian Smoked Salmon slices that I purchased from Costco that is fast approaching it's "Best Before" date. I am thinking of freezing but I'm sure that the product quality would suffer. So, any suggestions for a preparation that wouldn't be too perishable, or should I should I just chuck it now? TIA.
First off - how long has that package been "open"? The "Best Before" date changes rapidly once something has been opened.
If it smells good still. It should be alright.
You could do a smoked Salmon pizza
Use the Salon instead of the tuna for a take on Nicoise Salad.
or add mayo and herbs for a sandwich spread
put it on a bagel with some cream cheese
Smoking and curing are both natural preservatives, so it will be good well past its "best by" date. You will know when it is "bad" because it will smell like foul, rotting fish and not sweet, smoky salmon. If you have left it out at room temp for an extended period of time (like on a buffet) this time will come sooner rather than later, but if it has been continuously refrigerated it will be some distance off.
Freezing will not harm it at all. It would be repeated freezing and thawing that would. So break it down into individual portions and freeze it that way, so you can pull out just as much as you need, when you need it, and thaw in the fridge.
Not sure how long you wanted keep it, but for a larger meal a sushi pizza, frittata or omelet. But for a little longer keep, maybe a salmon dip.