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03 January 2009 @ 01:40 pm
Has my bacon gone bad?  
We made bacon Christmas morning. We didn't quite cook the whole package, and put in the refrigerator because -- well, seriously, it's bacon. My boyfriend would bathe in bacon if he saw fit. Surprisingly, it has yet to be made and has now been in my fridge for over a week. Does bacon go bad? Google tells me that it may still be good (most of the responses were, "Oh, you'll know if it's bad, which is completely unhelpful), but I am wary, being pregnant and of sensitive stomach. I just really want to eat this bacon!

Edit Awesome, general consensus appears to be that my bacon is probably edible (I shall give it a sniff to check). Woo hoo for breakfast! Thanks! =D
chateaubriannaangrycereal on January 3rd, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
if it smells ok, it's fine.
demiraks_worlddemiraks_world on January 3rd, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Bacon is cured which makes it go bad slower.

I'd totally eat it.
marence, an eternal studentmarence on January 3rd, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Sorry if it's unhelpful to say so, but you'll know if it's bad. Really. By smell.
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Headed for a Breakdowntakenbylovely on January 4th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
I hear you! I can't tell if things are bad by smell...so I tend to toss things far earlier than I'd have to. I'm also uber paranoid about either a cat peeing in the house and my not being able to tell, or not smelling a fire if there were to be one.
Chrisrevchris on January 3rd, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
If it doesn't feel slimy or smell bad, go ahead and eat it.
Not Your Bitchstrand3d on January 3rd, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
We eat a lot of BLT's and we leave opened packages in the fridge for at least two weeks and still eat it. no one has died or got sick yet!
dakotawitch: Bacon is a vegetabledakotawitch on January 3rd, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Bacon's pretty resilient. If you wrapped it up or at least kept the package mostly closed, it's fine. I've had opened bacon keep for two weeks or more in the fridge, especially if kept in the way back where it's colder. Turkey bacon might go off a bit faster, but a week for cured meat is nothing. (If you're using uncured bacon, that's another story but...) And trust the other commentors. The smell of overripe bacon is not one you can miss, and with sensitive pregnancy nose, you'd know the minute you touched the package.
piperkipiperki on January 3rd, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
It keeps about 10 days, and it smells incredibly vile during cooking if it's gone off.
҉: Pokerfinefinemusic on January 3rd, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
in the future to make you feel safer - I parcel my bacon into 3 or 4 Ziplock bags and defrost when I need a few slices :)
polaroidmomentpolaroidmoment on January 3rd, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
This. My mom separates and rolls them up individually so if someone feels like bacon, they can just grab one or two pieces and cook them up.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on January 3rd, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
I keep bacon in the fridge for a week or two easy.
Nicolai The Hand Grenade of Courteous Debate: Owl_nicolai_ on January 3rd, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Bacon will last a week refrigerated. I find it tends to dry out and become hard and undesirable before any decay sets in.
Bob Loblawclaireh on January 3rd, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Uh. I ate month old bacon yesterday. Ha.
svastisputtertoo on January 4th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
Haha, I was totally gonna say this, you mean my month old bacon isn't good?
Kaleidoscope Eyeskaleidoscopeeye on January 3rd, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
The bacon I have has an expiration date on it.
von_holmesvon_holmes on January 3rd, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
the expiration date is usually for unopened packages. once a package is opened, it depends on the product for how long it will last.
i always smell things--it's the best way to tell if something is off!
purpledaffodilpurpledaffodil on January 3rd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
The only time our bacon went bad was when it started turning green
Sarasara_k_s on January 3rd, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
According to the USDA, bacon can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Tempest in a D-Cupdrainbead on January 4th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
I've left bacon for a lot longer than that and it was fine. Enjoy!
Leahholdenm_krotch on January 4th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Man, I'd kill for some bacon right now.
Mixed feelingsgemfyre on January 4th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
If it's not slimy it's fine to eat. I keep mine in a tupperware container and it keeps for ages (at least 2 weeks). If it's cheap I buy it in bulk and freeze it (I roll each piece up so they're easy to separate when frozen).
funpufffunpuff on January 4th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Is it grey? That's when I can usually tell it's bad.
Heidisioneva on January 4th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
If it's in an unopened, sealed package (ie, not from the deli counter), it'll have the expiration date on, which is usually a couple of months after you buy it (if it's unopened).

Otherwise I give bacon 10-14 days, if opened, unless it's really slimy or smelly.
Dem Nelsontrapfnder on August 19th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
Slimey bacon...?
So I have turkey bacon and I opened it and it was slimy... I guess, or at least really greasy, it doesn't expire till October and it smells fine and it tasted great... But bacon is always great, now I'm disturbed... Was it fatty film or slime.... What qualifies as slime anyway?? :-(
Ashescheeky_duckie on August 20th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Re: Slimey bacon...?
Totally blast from the past!

I'm of the general opinion that if I ate it, it tasted good, and I didn't die -- it's all good. =D

I think of slime as something more... viscous than grease? Not just slippery, but stick-to-your-fingers gross. Just my two cents, though.
Dem Nelsontrapfnder on August 20th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Re: Slimey bacon...?
Hehe, well you know, good threads don't die, they just fall asleep :-) And this thread was actually practical so Win/Win I havent gotten sick yet so I'm thinking it must be ok, just to be safe tomorrow I'm gonna cook and eat the rest of it!
Ashes: lapdancecheeky_duckie on August 20th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
Re: Slimey bacon...?
I was once assured by a medical professional that you can kill most things in meat by cooking it -- cook away! =D I find that cooked bacon keeps in the fridge well enough.
Dem Nelsontrapfnder on August 20th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
Re: Slimey bacon...?
Oh, if I cook it, it won't make it to the fridge :-D