The exact answer to the question “How long does an unopened package of bologna last?” depends to a large extent on storage conditions — keep the unopened package of bologna (also known as lunch meat or cold cuts) refrigerated at all times.
How long does an unopened package of bologna last after the use-by date? Unopened bologna that has been continuously refrigerated will usually keep for 7 days after the "use by" date on the package.
How long does an unopened package of bologna last at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; bologna should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
To further extend the shelf life of bologna, freeze; when freezing, place bologna in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
You can maximize the shelf life of bologna in the freezer by overwrapping the original packaging with airtight heavy-duty aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper or place the package inside a heavy-duty freezer bag in order to prevent freezer burn.
How long does bologna last in the freezer for safety purposes? The freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
How to tell if bologna is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the bologna: signs of bad bologna are an off smell, dull color and slimy texture; if bologna develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded.
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