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smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 14th, 2020, 6:02 pm
by KC2
I picked up a 300g pack of smoked salmon after Christmas (it's in a chunk, not sliced) with a use by date of 16th Jan. For various reasons I don't think we're going to eat it until next week. I'm pretty sure it'll still be fine, and I'd rather not freeze it unless I have to. What do you think?

Thanks!

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 14th, 2020, 6:24 pm
by suffolk
Hot smoked then, rather than cold smoked?

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 14th, 2020, 6:26 pm
by Pepper Pig
My experience is to be dubious and freeze it. And then still be dubious and chuck it.

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 14th, 2020, 6:41 pm
by KC2
suffolk wrote:Hot smoked then, rather than cold smoked?


"Sainsbury's Scottish smoked salmon, light and delicate, smoked over oak chippings for a mild flavour ...."

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 14th, 2020, 6:43 pm
by KC2
Pepper Pig wrote:My experience is to be dubious and freeze it. And then still be dubious and chuck it.


I take it you've had a bad experience with it!!

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 14th, 2020, 7:10 pm
by liketocook
I'd freeze it tbh - it can spoil quite easily :sprout: and it would be a shame to waste it never mind the potential tummy . Commercial stuff tends to be relatively lightly cured to preserve for a long time. A few days yes a week I'd be wary. I find it freezes really well and is much easier to thinly slice when still half frozen.

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 14th, 2020, 8:05 pm
by MagicMarmite
Id eat it whenever, but I play fast and loose with dates on food and havent died yet!

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 14th, 2020, 8:39 pm
by earthmaiden
I'd freeze it too, even though I use common sense rather than dates much of the time.

I'm Waitrose the other day, a woman refused to buy a cucumber because there was no date on it :rolleyes:.

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 14th, 2020, 9:12 pm
by KC2
earthmaiden wrote:In Waitrose the other day, a woman refused to buy a cucumber because there was no date on it :rolleyes:.


Ha, she wouldn't do very well in Tesco then, where they have stopped putting dates on lots of fruit and veg - no doubt so they don't have to reduce them as soon :evil:

Thank you all for your input - I think freezing is the way to go. I think I may freeze it in 2 portions so I have more flexibility when I use it and don't have to defrost the full 300g.

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 15th, 2020, 10:22 am
by Pepper Pig
KC2 wrote:
Pepper Pig wrote:My experience is to be dubious and freeze it. And then still be dubious and chuck it.


I take it you've had a bad experience with it!!


No. I'm just a wimp . . . .

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 15th, 2020, 10:59 am
by aero280
I buy the 1 kg bags of Loch Fyne smoked salmon trimmings from Costco. About £9/kg instead of £25/kg for the big flat slices. Ideal for sandwiches when you are going to chop it up anyway.

It takes us a while to get through a whole kilo and so the last helping is well past its best before date when we eat it. It comes in a re-sealable bag and lives in the fridge.

We are still here! :)

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 15th, 2020, 12:18 pm
by KC2
Pepper Pig wrote:
KC2 wrote:
Pepper Pig wrote:My experience is to be dubious and freeze it. And then still be dubious and chuck it.


I take it you've had a bad experience with it!!


No. I'm just a wimp . . . .


:lol: :lol:

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 15th, 2020, 9:08 pm
by liketocook
aero280 wrote:I buy the 1 kg bags of Loch Fyne smoked salmon trimmings from Costco. About £9/kg instead of £25/kg for the big flat slices. Ideal for sandwiches when you are going to chop it up anyway.

It takes us a while to get through a whole kilo and so the last helping is well past its best before date when we eat it. It comes in a re-sealable bag and lives in the fridge.

We are still here! :)

Sounds as though these are properly cured, with the Loch Fyne tag they should be, in which case they will keep safely for months stored well. However much of the supermarket stuff isn't- just quickly brined and lightly wafted past smoke (and pretty tasty it :D ) but it does keep much less well. I'd happily risk yours well after the "Use By" but not one tagged as "delicate and lightly smoked" when it freezes so well.

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 15th, 2020, 10:00 pm
by KC2
Update! Plans changed and so we were able to use half the smoked salmon tonight.
This Tesco recipe was excellent: https://bit.ly/38bfbOs, thoroughly recommend it :tu:

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 16th, 2020, 11:35 am
by Gruney
KC2 wrote:Update! Plans changed and so we were able to use half the smoked salmon tonight.
This Tesco recipe was excellent: https://bit.ly/38bfbOs, thoroughly recommend it :tu:


Thanks KC2 - I've learned a bit from this thread, and will certainly give your recipe a go. It looks right up my street.
:tu:

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 16th, 2020, 4:17 pm
by hickybank
I am among the "if it smells alright eat it brigade, to day I am using a Basil salsa, the jar says consume with in 2 weeks of opening, it has been in the fridge months so if I do not post tomorrow you know why :lol: :lol:
Having said that I shopped in Sainsburys on Monday & picked up a pack of cooked Chicken slices, the use by date was the next day, I had not checked, I usually do.
As there were 12 slices & would last us over a week I took them back, they changed them but said it was only as a goodwill gesture, ( that was big hearted of them, (not)) :? :?

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 16th, 2020, 4:53 pm
by earthmaiden
That looks delicious KC2.

I think it was quite good of Sainsburys to take the meat back. They shouldn't put it back on display after a customer has taken it from the shop, possibly with changes in temperature.

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 16th, 2020, 6:09 pm
by KC2
earthmaiden wrote:That looks delicious KC2.

I think it was quite good of Sainsburys to take the meat back. They shouldn't put it back on display after a customer has taken it from the shop, possibly with changes in temperature.

Yes, you're right, they'll probably serve it in the staff canteen! That's what Waitrose told me they'd do when I bought the wrong Lurpak by mistake and they changed it for me.

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 16th, 2020, 6:18 pm
by hickybank
KC2 wrote:
earthmaiden wrote:That looks delicious KC2.

I think it was quite good of Sainsburys to take the meat back. They shouldn't put it back on display after a customer has taken it from the shop, possibly with changes in temperature.

Yes, you're right, they'll probably serve it in the staff canteen! That's what Waitrose told me they'd do when I bought the wrong Lurpak by mistake and they changed it for me.

They did chuck it away, I just feel the use by date on a product like this should be much longer, who is going to eat 12 slices in a day, the replacement pack use by date was 22nd Jan

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 16th, 2020, 6:37 pm
by Pepper Pig
I believe any supermarket that takes anything fresh back is only allowed to throw it afterwards.

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 16th, 2020, 9:16 pm
by WWordsworth
I'm one of the if it looks and smells fine then I will eat it brigade.
Sod the dates, we didn't have them, or a fridge, when I was a kid.

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 16th, 2020, 11:40 pm
by miss mouse
Pepper Pig wrote:I believe any supermarket that takes anything fresh back is only allowed to throw it afterwards.


I think you are right. Also the frozen/chiller stuff customers decide to abandon when they reach the checkout, if given to the cashier immediately it goes back on the shelves I think.

Re: smoked salmon "use by" date ...

PostPosted: January 17th, 2020, 10:59 am
by KC2
We had to throw away almost a whole bowl of home-made hummus yesterday :cry: I don't know why, but it had a very funny taste and I'm sure it had tiny red flecks on the surface. It's never happened before and I'm sure it's been in the fridge longer in the past and was still fine.
Such a waste :cry:
Maybe it had been "polluted" by the pitta that had been dipped into it although we have a strict no double dipping rule :lol:
I guess there's a first time for everything!