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How long can I keep and eat sliced turkey from the deli?

Asked by chyna (33897 points ) July 8th, 2010

I bought a pound of sliced turkey from Kroger deli on June 26. Is it still okay to eat? There is no date on the package.

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JLeslie's avatar

From the deli, they sliced it, not in a package that is sealed like Oscar Mayor. Sorry, you have to throw it away, it is too old.

Lightlyseared's avatar

I wouldn’t.

john65pennington's avatar

Here is a general answer about refrigerated meat. if the meat feels slick, throw it away. this has long been a standard in my household, expiration date or not.

Chuck the turkey and buy some more. its not that expensive.

chyna's avatar

Thanks guys. I’ll pitch it. I was just trying to get out of going to the store.

perspicacious's avatar

I stopped buying from the deli because of cleanliness issues as well as not knowing how old or how long the meat had been opened. When I did buy from the deli, I always asked that they open a new package of meat from which to slice mine. If they wouldn’t, I would not buy it. When my deli stopped having separate slicing machines for meat and cheese, I completely stopped buying there. I’ve read (more than once) that it’s a safer bet to buy prepackaged deli meat; that’s what I do now.

dynamicduo's avatar

That’s a bit on the long side. I usually give deli meats a week or so after being cut. If it smells ok it might be worth it, but many bacteria don’t give off a discernible odour so this is not necessarily reliable. If it’s slimy at all, it goes right into the trash.

chyna's avatar

@perspicacious I never thought of doing that. I’ll ask them the next time I buy deli meat.

CMaz's avatar

Deli meat. One week at the most.

augustlan's avatar

I can’t remember where I read this, but I’ve seen it multiple times: Sliced lunch meat from the deli is only good for 3 days.

chyna's avatar

I threw it out and bought Oscar Myer this time. No more deli meat for me.

rooeytoo's avatar

After reading this, I am only going to buy prepackaged meat. But you know it is usually cheaper per pound to buy a steak than the processed lunch meats. I think I’ll just have steak from now on!

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