HOT DOGS / FRANKFURTERS / WIENERS — COOKED, LEFTOVERS
How long do cooked hot dogs last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate hot dogs within two hours of cooking.
To maximize the shelf life of cooked hot dogs for safety and quality, refrigerate the hot dogs in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
Properly stored, cooked hot dogs will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
To further extend the shelf life of cooked hot dogs, freeze them; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.
How long do cooked hot dogs last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 1 to 2 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
The freezer time shown is for best quality only — cooked hot dogs that have been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
How long do cooked hot dogs last after being frozen and thawed? Cooked hot dogs that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; hot dogs that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
How long do cooked hot dogs last at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked hot dogs should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
How to tell if cooked hot dogs are bad? The best way is to smell and look at the hot dogs: signs of bad hot dogs are a sour smell and a slimy texture; discard any hot dogs with an off smell or appearance, do not taste first.
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