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How long can a sandwich stay in the fridge?

I bought a sandwich last Thursday, and left half in the fridge. I meant to eat it Friday or Monday, but didn't. It's a wrap with smoked salmon, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and cream cheese. It might just be soggy and gross, but, if not, is it still safe? It's now Tuesday, so it's on it's 5th day.

Tue. Apr 4, 11:58am

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I eat anything so if it were me I would feel it or smell it and if nothing seemed weird I'd eat it.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 1:38 PM

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48 hours for food in the fridge. Soggy means that the bacertia has gone to work already and you shouldn't eat it. While salmon when cured lasts a long time, fresh salmon just as any fish doesnt have a long life.

Its not worth it, just make another sandwich lol

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 2:28 PM

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2 days seems a bit for food in the fridge. I make my lunches on sunday for the week and put them in tupperware to eat all week long. After years of doing this, I've yet to get sick. I usually make chicken and veggies.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 2:34 PM

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2 days sounds about right. If you make your food at home it's probably fine to keep a bit longer (I still put it in a freezer if I intend to keep it over a day or two). But if you buy something commercially prepared, I wouldn't risk it. Especially with fish. You know how they usually don't recommend pregnant women to eat deli meats? It's because of bacteria from the blade and the countertop. The blade just sits there and they rarely really clean it. And you know how when you buy your food at supermarket you know what the expiration date is, but other places who knows. Say smoked salmon, most ones I buy in stores say 'Consume in 4 days after opening', so who knows if the deli prepared your sandwich on the 4th after opening, so after 5 days in the fridge it's way beyond its 'best before' date...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 2:53 PM

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Food Safety Cheat Sheet

Very timely - I just read weekly Self Mag's newsletter and it had this link - very handy!


Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 2:58 PM

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according to the link above, fresh vegetables are only good in the fridge for 1-2 days? C'mon!?

I give cooked foods (that I made personally) 3-5 days max depending on what it is, beans and grains like quinoa tend to break down quickly b/c of the proteins, so those don't get very long from me. Raw meats get 1-2 days maximum, same with fish though I tend to re-package it and freeze it immediately.

But for the OP, if I bought a pre-made sandwich and didn't eat it within 24 hours, it goes in the trash.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 6:42 PM

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I tend to err on the conservative side when it comes to commercial foods-- food poisoning is not worth the few pennies you save by eating something thats gone past its due date....

Generally, If I don't eat something (that I had already opened) within 24 hours, then I tend to throw it away--48 hours is about the most I might save something.

However, if it's something that contains seafood, eggs or chicken, I won't keep it after 1 day.

(i.e. something like a veggie pasta sauce might keep a little longer)

Generally, though, I'm afraid to keep anything for much longer than 24-48 hours. If it's my own homemade foods, I stil don't keep fish for much more than 3 days.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006, 11:01 PM

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There is the saying, "When in doubt, throw it out!"

It's not worth getting sick. Your post really gave me a chuckle, though!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006, 5:59 AM

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Update from the OP: The sandwich didn't look soggy at all, and I ate it. And the pickle spear that came with it. The mini cup of coleslaw looked a bit brown, and I threw it out. I didn't get sick, or feel ill in the least, and it tasted just like it did when I bought it. Maybe this was a bit risky, but, just wanted to let you all know that I'm still here, the next day, no harm done.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006, 10:18 AM

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lol. Glad you're still with us, you dare devil!

Thursday, April 06, 2006, 5:25 AM

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Actually, I guess you'd be surprised at what food keeps and what cannot.

My brother is a doctor and he even told me that eggs are okay if they've accidentally been left out overnight--somewhere I read that you can keep eggs for several months unrefrigerated as long as you remember to turn them over so that the yolks remain suspended.

quite interesting

Thursday, April 06, 2006, 1:06 PM

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Freshness of whole = sum of freshness of parts

I have a very similar quandary. Funny, it's even on the same days of the week. I *made* a sandwich for work last Thursday and left it in the fridge. Now it's Tuesday. Incidentally, it is a turkey & ham sandwich on white bread with lettuce, provolone cheese, mayo and dijon mustard.

To answer the question, assuming the sandwich is well-sealed from oxygen, would these ingredients by themselves go bad after five days? If the answer is "no, none of them would," then the sandwich is probably ok to eat. In this case, would you eat all of smoked salmon, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and cream cheese by themselves after leaving them in the fridge for five (more) days? It's easier in my case since I made my sandwich and knew how fresh the ingredients were at that point.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 5:24 PM

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To be honest, companies tend to mark expiry dates earlier than the actual expiration date in order to be cautious. Just because something is on its' expiry date doesn't mean there's necessarily anything wrong with it (within reason, of course).

Adding to one of the previous posts, apparently eggs are usually a few months old by the time they get to grocery store shelves. They can last a very long time as long as they are stored properly.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 7:28 PM

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How long can a sandwich stay in the fridge?

Until he opens the door and lets himself out!

Seriously, just throw this stuff out - you will feel so silly if you do get sick - like "why did I risk it?"

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 5:00 AM

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bread gets wet very quickly. Take the bread off and keep the rest in the fridge. better for you anyway.

Friday, March 21, 2014, 9:01 AM

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Remove the bread from the inside of the sandwich!! will keep as long as you need!

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