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Old 06-21-2010, 12:08 AM   #1
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Brined 24 hours in sugar and salt, smoked for six hours. How long will it last in the fridge? Trying to decide if I should freeze some of it. Thanks, TOC.

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Old 06-21-2010, 12:15 AM   #2
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Brined 24 hours in sugar and salt, smoked for six hours. How long will it last in the fridge? Trying to decide if I should freeze some of it. Thanks, TOC.
Mighty long time.

Worst enemy is repeated handling with eventual contamination.

BTW when the fuzzy measles start growing on the surface, it's been long enough.
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Old 06-21-2010, 03:08 AM   #3
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i left for a few days and forgot i had some in uncovered. 3 days later i returned and decided after my long trip home i wanted to give it a try before i cook something. to my delight it was still as fresh as it was off the bbq
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At my house it will disapear very quickly in the fridge . So I have developed a very top secrect treatment for preservation. If you would like to send me yours I would be glad to give it the "treatment".
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:30 AM   #5
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I would assume that the level in salt or other "preservative" in your brine would effect the length of freshness.
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:20 AM   #6
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I take all my fish to Karla"s in Rockaway Beach.
Years ago I told her I only had a few packages left in the freeezer and I thought she was coming unglues on me, she told me after getting the product up to 165 degrees, when vac packed right it will last up to 1 year in FRIDGE. Well I have had a few pieces of tuna in that long & no problem but I never take 14 Salmon in at a time so I never have the Salmon last more than a few months.

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Old 06-21-2010, 05:39 AM   #7
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Only lasts about 24 hours... It has probably gone bad. Guess you should just bring it over to my place, and I'll dispose of it for ya

Haha, smoked salmon will last for quite a while, atleast 6 months in the fridge, forever in the freezer
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:11 AM   #8
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I had some vac-pac smoked steelhead in the fridge for 1+ year. It seemed as good as the day I put it in the bag. In a zip-loc, it only lasts about 1 month before it starts to get moldy.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:01 AM   #9
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My dad was just happy to realize that the smoked steel we made at the begining of feb was just as delicious as the day we vac packed it.

I will say though that nothing can compare to still warm coming out of the smoker! only half the batch is usually around to even vac up to put in the fridge...
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To me it's more of a matter of space, I just don't have enough room in the fridge for that much salmon (I know, good problem to have) so I typically vacuum pack and freeze and it's never an issue on making it last!

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Clean & sanitary is important.

Once cooled from smoker, if vac packed right away it should last a long time in the fridge, months and months, but mine usually gets eaten before it has a chance to get old.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:58 AM   #12
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It never lasts very long in my fridge. Wonder why?
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Eric, Many variables will effect the shelflife of a food item. How safe it was handled from the time it was killed (a fresh item only has a small safe window of time to be in the danger zone 40-140') the faster it is cured and processed the longer it will hold. The more salt it has the longer it will last. Depending on the temperature its kept after its processed will effect its shelf life too. The colder the longer it will last. Adding vaccum packing, also increases its shelf life too.
Vaccum packed smoked salmon in the fridge cold feasably be held in the fridge for almost a year, in the freezer even longer up to several years.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:55 PM   #14
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Food poisoning is a one time event. Once you had a case of that, NO FOOD is worth keeping left overs in the fridge for more than one full day. Freeze it and pull it out, as you need it.
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:01 PM   #15
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First it depends on concentration of you curing solution. Most of the time HOT smoked salmon is somewhat mildly cured (my experience).
Then depends on how well fish was prepared, bled, iced, smoked, moisture content. etc.
Then you fridge temperature. 32-35 F and good for a while, if it goes above 40F then not so long.

From what I read and experienced about 5-8 days would be safe.
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Have not read you post before posting.
Seems that I just reworded what you said.

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Eric, Many variables will effect the shelflife of a food item. How safe it was handled from the time it was killed (a fresh item only has a small safe window of time to be in the danger zone 40-140') the faster it is cured and processed the longer it will hold. The more salt it has the longer it will last. Depending on the temperature its kept after its processed will effect its shelf life too. The colder the longer it will last. Adding vaccum packing, also increases its shelf life too.
Vaccum packed smoked salmon in the fridge cold feasably be held in the fridge for almost a year, in the freezer even longer up to several years.
Hope this helps
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:45 PM   #17
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My history with smoked salmon is it will dry out and get tough if only kept in zips. Buy a a vacuum packer. The Salmon will last one year if your family or friends let it stay there that long. There's a great "How to Smoke Salmon/Steelhead" book at most outdoor stores, with great info and recipies. About $20, but I bought one just to have, even though I already have my own system.
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Clean & sanitary is important.

Once cooled from smoker, if vac packed right away it should last a long time in the fridge, months and months, but mine usually gets eaten before it has a chance to get old.
If you plan to store your vac-packed smoked product in the fridge for a prolonged period, juest pay close attention to cleanliness while preparing and packing it.

Once vacuum sealed, oxygen is removed which basically inhibits the growth of any aerobic bacteria. This is good.

But that same process which removes oxygen creates a perfect environment for ANAEROBIC bacteria which thrive in the absence of oxygen.

One of these bugs is Clostridium botulinum.... the bacteria that causes botulism.

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, a group of bacteria commonly found in soil. The bacteria are anaerobic, gram-positive, spore-forming rods that produce a potent neurotoxin. These rod-shaped organisms grow best in low oxygen conditions.

If you lace your fish with C botulinum during handling, sealing it in a vac-pack in the fridge for extended periods of time will allow the germ to proliferate unchecked. Bad news for those who later partake.

Bottom line.... from the field to the dinner table, handle your fish with care to keep it from getting contaminated in the first place.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:21 AM   #19
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Does anyone remember the name of the stuff the smokers put in the brine to stop bacterias ?

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Yeah, it's called salt!!!
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Take look on a commercially packed smoked salmon from the stores.
They should have all preservatives labeled, and that salmon has long shelf life do to them.


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Old 06-24-2010, 02:09 PM   #22
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I will have to try & find Karlas book , it's more then just salt, in fact it is done to prevent Bac.

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I will have to try & find Karlas book , it's more then just salt, in fact it is done to prevent Bac.

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