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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

HOT DOGS / FRANKFURTERS / WIENERS, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED (ALL TYPES, INCLUDING BEEF, PORK, CHICKEN, TURKEY ) — OPENED

RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 7 days
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 1-2 months
Tips
  • How long does an opened package of hot dogs last in the fridge or freezer? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — keep hot dogs refrigerated at all times.
  • How long do hot dogs last after the sell-by date? After hot dogs are opened, they may be refrigerated for about 7 days — the "sell-by" date on the package may expire during that storage period, but the hot dogs will remain safe to use after the sell by date if they have been properly stored.
  • Opened hot dogs may be kept in their original store packaging when refrigerating; to maximize the shelf life of opened hot dogs, place the opened package inside a resealable plastic bag or wrap tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • How long can uncooked hot dogs be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; hot dogs should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of hot dogs, freeze; when freezing, place hot dogs in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
  • You can maximize the shelf life of hot dogs in the freezer by overwrapping the original store 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 do 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 — hot dogs that have been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long do hot dogs last after being frozen and thawed? Hot dogs that have been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator before cooking; hot dogs that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be cooked immediately.
  • How long do hot dogs last in the fridge once they are cooked? Cooked hot dogs will usually stay good for 3 to 4 days in the fridge and 4 months in the freezer.
  • How to tell if 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, dull color and slimy texture; discard any hot dogs with an off smell or appearance.

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