Different Shelf Life for Different Proteins?
- opinionatedchef Jul 30, 2013 09:21 PM
Just curious- if all else were equal, do certain proteins have longer shelf lives, refrigerated, than others?TIA.
re: Bill Hunt
Allegedly the shelf life of a wrapped twinkie is about a month. after that the texture starts to change, although they don't look much different. And in spite of their reputation as the ultimate junk food, I don't know anyone who has been able to let a twinkie rest quietly on a shelf for that long unless they were doing it for dramatic effect.
Drat Hunt, now I'm hungry for a twinkie of all things. I don't think I've had but one or two since high school. What exactly would you pair with a twinkie (and if you say KoolAid I may have to slap you.)
I did not mean to tempt you with the Twinkie.
I once heard a scientist speak (probably not a "food scientist"), about a post-apocalyptic world, where only Twinkies and cockroaches would live through the nuclear devastation. I am thinking that the cockroaches and the Twinkies would have to share that world with Formosan Termites too, but do not know that for a fact.
I need to take you to the Mississippi State Fair, where we could get Deep Fried (bacon grease) Twinkies... or maybe not?
Organ meats, seafood - a few days at most.
Meat - less than a week.
Eggs, tofu, soft cheese - weeks.
Hard cheeses, cured/smoked meats - months
Nuts, legumes - months to years.
What's the old saying . . . company is like fish, after 3 days its time to go. Poultry maybe 5 days, fresh Beef/Pork in a cold refrigerator about 7-10 days, underline COLD refrigerator. Prepared meats and cheeses at least a month, some even without refrigeration. Oh, and because of the exposure to air, ground meats - well ground/chopped anything - will go bad faster than solid.
You can usually tell by feeling it even sooner than smelling - except in the case of seafood - poultry and meats tend to feel a little bit slimy at least a day or too before they start to smell 'off' unless you have a really sensitive nose, and some people do. I had a neighbor who could open a refrigerator take one small whiff and tell you how long that piece of steak had been sitting in the meat drawer.