November 19, 2023

How Long Does Cooked Pork Last in the Fridge?

When food goes bad it can cause food poisoning symptoms that are unpleasant and sometimes dangerous. Cooking doesn’t stop this process, but it does extend the shelf life of meat by killing bacteria that would otherwise make the meat unsafe to eat.

How long does cooked pork last in the fridge depends on a lot of factors, such as the temperature of the refrigerator, how well it is wrapped, and whether it has already started to spoil. In general, cooked pork will last three to four days in the fridge before it starts to go bad and start smelling or tasting funny.

It’s important to refrigerate cooked pork right away after serving it, and to do so as soon as possible. Leaving hot foods at room temperature for more than two hours (on days when the air temperature is above 90°F, reduce this to one hour) can allow bacteria to grow on the surface of the pork and cause contamination.

Always make sure that cooked pork is cool before storing it, and store it in an airtight container or wrap. It is also a good idea to label any leftover pork with the date it was made so that you know how long it has been sitting around.

Reheating cooked pork will kill bacteria, but only if it is brought up to 165°F throughout the entire piece of meat. Bacteria that are in the center of the pork may not be killed during this process, and can contaminate other food that you will be eating later on.

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