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Jul 26, 2014 02:07 PM

Does shelf stable pre- cooked bacon go bad????

Does it or can it go bad if unopened? Just found a pack over one year use by date. Can I use it or not. I looks fine. No slime or icky things growing on it. The only reason I ask is because I salt and smoke fish and meat and they are good for more than a year.

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  1. I'd open it and if it still smells good, then I'd nuke it to a crispy state and taste it. If it still tastes and smells good, I'd whip up a big stack of BLTs! But... Fat can go "sour," so if it doesn't pass the sniff and taste test both before and after being nuked, toss it. Rancid fat tastes disgusting! I don't know for sure whether it will make you sick though. Good luck! Pork prices are headed for the clouds!