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Old 03-23-2009, 12:12 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Cooksie View Post
I can't even imagine deli lunchmeat lasting one day. I think it has to depend on the expiration date on the huge piece of meat that it's sliced from. You know, I've never asked the deli person what the expiration date on the meat is before they started slicing, but it might be a good idea to do that.
Check the label when you buy the meat. Mine always has a date on it and it's never been a set number of days, it's static so that tells me that it is pertinent to the actual meat I'm buying. Some times it's three days sometimes it's five. It's never been just a single day.

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Old 03-23-2009, 12:23 PM   #12
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The only date on my deli meat is the date that I bought it.

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Old 03-23-2009, 12:41 PM   #13
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. . .No problems, never any "whiff of offness", & I don't do anything special except make sure their original wrappings are closed.
Well, awlrighty, then.
Cheese and salami are different... But my personal preference is to buy deli turkey and chicken in small enough amounts to finish them up in two days - day of purchase and day after.
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:48 PM   #14
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I suspect Sara was being prudent with the freshness dates and giving the word according to the USDA or other authority so no one could blame her if they got sick.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:05 PM   #15
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If you can't tell your meat is going bad by feel, smell, looks, you deserve to get sick! ; )

Mine I keep for about a week in ziplock bags. I don't vacuum seal but I do squeeze out as much air as I can manually before zipping closed.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:29 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Constance View Post
I saw Sara Moulton on Good Morning America this morning. (Tiny little Sara only comes to Diane Sawyer's shoulder.)
Now I love Sara, but she was talking this morning about how long certain foods will keep, and I think she got carried away on the side of safety. She claimed that packaged lunchmeat was only good for 3-5 days after opening, and that sliced lunchmeat from the deli was only good for 1 day!
I think she needs a good dose of practical.
Was she talking about food safety or best quality?
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:35 PM   #17
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my fridge holds at 37* so it is below the "danger zone" of 40*-140* where most things like to rot. But there is certainly a moisture loss and flavor loss by 5 days. I keep my meats, cheese etc (bacon too) wrapped in butcher paper rather than tight plastic wrap as that drying helps keep meat longer (by a day or two). But there is a period after which food has gone off.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:04 PM   #18
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Our camp rule was, if it was opened it was kept for 48 hours. If it was still packaged, it would last the week (5 days). I maintain these standards at home as well.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:12 PM   #19
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I think it's what you grow up with ... I tend to keep lunchmeat much longer than my honey would like me to but then again, that's what my mom did where as his holds the 4 day rule. I also think it depends on what kind of meat you are buying ... from the deli case, I think it goes faster than the pre-packaged slices.

SharronT, I agree that fresh deli meats change their smell after a day. To me, it's not offensive so we still eat it but I can see how it might be to others.

I try to keep to the cooking topics and not get involved in the pettiness that happens here but Breezy, I think your response to her was just too rude. How do you know what her nose is sniffing and how it affects her tastes? And Jabbur, what? Who deserves to get sick for ... what? I realize I'll have to apologize later for this but really ... this is why people are leaving.
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:02 PM   #20
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Jmediger, I don't think anyone intended offense here. I notice jabbur has a winking smiley after her statement, so I believe she meant that to be funny. And I think Breezy was trying to offer her own experience as a benchmark figure, not necessarily as a criticism of someone elses nose or experience.

Maybe I missed something from another thread that colors feelings in this one.

I certainly understand that some of our members have strong ways of stating their opinions, and that gets dealt with often folks, but lets all remember too that getting nuance from the written word without seeing facial expression is very very difficult.

So, back on topic. In my world, deli meats always have a best before date on them. I usually do a sniff test and then sometimes if the sniff test is inconclusive I will "test" a piece on the cat. If the cat won't eat then its garbage. LOL. Thems picky little critters.

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