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How do you store your deli meats?

Asked by Ltryptophan (10285points) September 10th, 2010

How long do you usually keep them in that manner. When do you declare them bad.

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WestRiverrat's avatar

They don’t last long enough for me to know the expiration dates. But my deli meats are usually the leftovers from whatever I cooked in the day or two before.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Our fridge has several handy compartments. The deli meats and cheeses go in the bottom drawer, I assume that is one of the colder spots in the fridge. As for when I judge them to be bad, well, I am a bit weird about stuff sitting in the fridge for more than a few days, so I guess I would go by expiration date, smell, appearance, etc.

SamIAm's avatar

If they wrap it in a plastic, zippy type bag… I leave it. If they only wrap it in paper and tape, I’ll either put it in a ziplock bag or a tupperware container. I make someone else smell or taste it to see if it’s bad :-)

Austinlad's avatar

Makes me nervous to keep any kind of meat in the fridge more than a couple of days, _especially deli meat. I usually buy small quantity and eat it fast. When I do keep it overnight, I put about three layers of wrapping and then, when I’m ready to eat it, I spend 5 minutes sniffing. Hey, but that’s just me.

marinelife's avatar

We really only buy small amounts and use them in three days or so so I just store them in the plastic baggie they put them in.

tedibear's avatar

Deli meat – maximum seven days in my house. Generally it’s closer to five because it has been open at the deli for a couple of days. (The big package they slice it from, I mean.) If you feel compelled to buy large amounts, split it up into separate packages and freeze it.

WestRiverrat's avatar

I don’t like to store any of my meat in plastic wrap or baggies. I have found that it tastes better if it is wrapped in butcher paper. If I do put it inside a plastic baggie it is first wrapped in paper towel or waxed paper. It will dry out faster, but I think that is why it stays good. Molds grow better in a moist environment.

anartist's avatar

In the original wrapper. If they should last too long, I toss em when they are discolored [turkey turns pink] and smell nad.

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