Salami makes for a great pizza topping or sub for a sandwich. It is also high in protein, a crucial nutrient for muscle growth and tissue repair, as well as vitamin B12, thiamine, and niacin (1). Because salami is typically sold ready to eat, it doesn't require cooking and can be eaten as a snack or a meal on-the-go.
But how long is salami good for? As with all meat products, it can go bad. Depending on how it is stored, it can last only a few days in the fridge before spoiling. To keep it fresh for longer, wrap sliced salami property with plastic or foil in an airtight container.
If unopened salami is sealed in its original packaging, it can last up to a year on the shelf if kept at a constant temperature of 38°F and 65% humidity (2). However, once it is opened, its quality starts to decline, so it should be kept in the refrigerator as soon as possible.
It's important to pay attention to the best-by or expiration date on the package, as deli meat can be a source of food poisoning if consumed after its shelf life has passed (3). It is also worth noting that salami is incredibly high in sodium, which can cause water retention and raise blood pressure (4). This is why it's important to limit your intake of processed meats like salami, especially if you have cardiovascular problems (5).