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Jul 27, 2013 01:54 PM

Salami Still Good? Can I hang it to dry


I have a hebrew national beef salami that says to keep refrigerated, it's use by date was June 30, 2013. Today is almost a month later. It has been in my refrigerator since I purchased it (it was in the vegie drawer, forgot I had it, behind the potatoes). It used to be I would just throw it away, and regret not remembering it sooner.

However, online research says dates are often arbitrary. In fact, in the case of hebrew national salami, I have even found a few folks on CH that take this salami and hang it unrefrigerated out in the open to dry out.

Is there really something to worry about here or is this salami a cured product even though they say to keep it refrigerated.

1) what is your opinion on eating this?
2) At this point, do you think you could hang it at this point safely?

Thanks in advance everyone,


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  1. Probably still edible. do not take it out of the refridgerator before serving, unless to heat.

    Real beef salami is kept at room temperature from the getgo--and has gobs of mold on it!

    This is not real beef salami, treat it like you would a hot dog.

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    1. re: Chowrin

      and it will dry very quickly in the refrigerator if you remove the wrapping.

      1. re: Chowrin

        There are quite a few posts like this spread throughout the web: that is why I was wondering...

        The salami in the pictures in that post is the exact salami that i have in my refrigerator.

      2. it's cured meat. it's fine.

        1. Maybe it's just me, but I cannot imagine enjoying a HN beef salami that has been dried out. I prefer it moist, then sliced (not too thick, not too thin), pan-fried and eaten with a good deli mustard (Gulden's spicy brown) in a sandwich. That's comfort food to me, considering that's how my mother used to make it for me.

          Italian salami, that's a whole other story. Yes, dried is fine (moist OK but not pan-fried like HN) and sliced very thin.

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          1. re: alwayshungrygal

            We usually just slice and eat, never would have thought of frying it.

            Well, I sliced some a bit ago. It smelled and tasted fine, will know for sure in a couple of hours.

            Thanks for the advice folks!

            1. re: davlun

              I wouldn't have thought of frying it except that's how my mother made it. And I just remembered, she used to fry it sometimes and combine with scrambled eggs. Weird but maybe it was the Jewish version of ham and eggs. I don't think I'll ever make that...

              1. re: alwayshungrygal

                So I fried some up today, little dices, dropped into some homemade mac and cheese (after trying some).

                It is good, thanks for the suggestion.


          2. It probably has plenty of preservative in it, should be fine.