Cooked pork loin is delicious, tender, nutritious, and makes a great dish.
But like any other food, cooked pork cuts should not sit in the fridge for long.
If you have leftover cooked pork, you may be wondering how long it can last in the fridge.
The truth is food storage is a sensitive topic.
Meat products should be cooked at the correct internal temperature and stored in airtight containers.
Keep reading to see how long smoked pork loin lasts in the fridge so you can ensure the food you consume is safe.
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How Long Does Cooked Pork Loin Last in the Fridge?
With more and more people consuming pork, it is good to know how long pork can keep in the fridge before spoiling.
Cooked cuts of pork loin can last for 3 to 5 days. And this depends on the temperature of the refrigerator and how well you wrap your pork. To reheat your pork correctly make sure you folow my directions here.
And raw-ground beef or pork keeps for 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator. And this is if the pork is sealed and packaged in a refrigerator operating at 40 °F.
What Temperature Does Pork Need to Be Cooked To?
Also, before keeping your pork in the fridge, make sure you cook pork to a minimum of 145 °F.
Never store pork that’s partially cooked in the refrigerator. Doing so encourages the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
If you plan to eat the cooked pork meat after four days, you should store it in the freezer.
How Long Can You Leave Cooked Pork Loin in the Freezer?
Cooked pork and pork tenderloin can last for 2 to 3 months if it stays vacuum sealed in the freezer. Vacuum sealing your meat also prevents freezer burn.
Place the meat in shallow airtight containers. Or use heavy-duty freezer bags, and wrap tightly with a freezer wrap or heavy-duty aluminum foil. Keep frozen pork and frozen meat at 0°F.
If you decide to cook the meat after freezing, you can thaw the meat in the fridge and keep thawed for 3 to 4 days.
Wrapping Your Food Correctly
To prolong the life of cooked pork roast store your meat in an airtight container or heavy-duty aluminium foil, heavy-duty plastic bag foil, or plastic wrap.
If your wrap the meat tightly, you can keep the meat fresh for 3 to 4 days in the fridge.
On the other hand, freezing can further extend the shelf life and quality of cooked pork loin for 2 to 3 months and beyond.
Leftover Pork Loin Recipe Ideas
Leftover pork loin can be dry, so check out some of our favorite recipes for leftover pork loin. They all ensure your pork stays juicy and moist.
Keep The Meat at a Safe Temperature
How long your cooked pork last depends on storage. For example, do you refrigerate within two hours of cooking?
Keeping cooked pork at room temperature for more than two hours can lead to bacterial growth and food poisoning.
Bacteria grow between 40°F and 140°F. It’s a dangerous temperature range. Here pathogenic bacteria can multiply fast.
If pork or cooked meat stays out for more than two hours, you should discard it. Cooked foods are perishable foods!.
Throw It Out If In Doubt
If you suspect that your pork loin or tenderloin is off after keeping it in the fridge, smell it. Look out for color change, sour smell, and a slimy texture.
Discard if there are signs that its bad pork. Spoilage bacteria can make you and you’re loved ones sick.
Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).
I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.
You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!
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