🔕 🔔
Loading…

My Basket ()

All questions

How long can I keep mortadella?

I bought 1/2 pound of mortadella in one piece (not sliced) last Monday from Eataly - it's still in the original packaging from the deli counter - would it still be ok? Wanting to mix it into tortellini or meatballs today.

asked by JuliaB over 5 years ago

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

6 answers 15935 views
092efd1a f34b 461d 89b1 f3e76e0ce940  dsc 0028
added over 5 years ago

Yes, as long as you kept it in the fridge. Cured meats do not spoil quickly.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 5 years ago

I'd call the deli. If you mean Monday 2 days ago, obviously fine. If you mean Monday 9-10 days ago, I think you are pushing it for a moist meat like Mortadella which is not dried as much as dry salami, say. Either way, if it isn't molding I suppose it is just okay.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

Deac5e85 ab6c 4739 826e c35688e6f154  l1020855
added over 5 years ago

It also gets slimy when past its prime,JuliaB. You can tell by smell and texture/slime .

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

5f8d7fee 22ef 49ba a6b4 360299864c3e  n3ru8figt0zk0
pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 5 years ago

Mortadella is NOT a "cured" meat although it is a form of sausage. A week after it's been sliced is probably okay. Some of the commercial types do contain preservatives as well as sodium nitrate which will last longer. But from Eataly... I would advise eat it now. As bonus you should see pieces of lard and pistachio in the slice.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

C7ef0848 b3da 4d43 8fda 59ce0ec5ff83  jules
added over 5 years ago

Thanks all, it was actually fine (not slimy, no smell) and I ground it into meatballs which were delicious!

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added 4 months ago

Mortadella sold in the USA is both cured with nitrite and cooked. It has a longer refrigerated shelf life than Mortadella in Italy. Both are great.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)