When food is delicious, you don’t mind eating it again, isn’t that right? There are many such foods that we tend to eat again after reheating them. In fact, they taste even better the second time. And pulled pork falls under that category now, doesn’t it?
So how long is pulled pork good for?
The most important question that comes to mind is related to the shelf life of pulled pork. Everybody likes to store or freeze the leftovers of pulled pork. But not all of them know what I’m about to discuss in the article.
Can you refrigerate pulled pork? How long can you keep pulled pork in the freezer? And how to tell if pulled pork is bad? Let’s find out the answers to all these questions.
Why Store the Leftovers of Pulled Pork?
Isn’t it obvious? We like to store pulled pork leftovers because the meat is so darn delicious.
Pulled pork is something that you can have with mac and cheese, sandwich, or even without anything else.
There are tons of pulled pork recipes. Most of these involve cooking large batches. So no matter how much you eat, there will always be leftovers to place in your refrigerator.
This means cooking pulled pork is not only a treat for your taste buds but also an affordable choice. So you need to know how to store it properly.
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How to Store the Leftovers of Pulled Pork?
Can you refrigerate pulled pork? The answer to this question depends on the amount of time you will take to finish all the leftovers.
- Eating the Leftovers within a Few Days
If you’re going to finish the pulled pork in a couple of days, then you can store it in the refrigerator. And the best way to go about it is to use plastic containers, aluminum foil, or Ziploc bags for the job. It’s important to store the leftovers in an enclosed area free from air. Also, place these bags or containers in the freezer’s coldest spot.
- Storing the Leftovers for Longer
Many people like to store pulled pork for a very long time. So to be able to do this, you need to divide the meat into servings. Then place each batch into the container or Ziploc bag.
But for longer storage, it’s better to use aluminum foil to wrap the pulled pork before stuffing it into a Ziploc bag. Such a practice helps in preserving the taste of the meat for a longer time.
You should know that the ultimate goal of storing the leftovers of pulled pork is that you can enjoy them later. So when you’re freezing the meat, first divide it into serving sizes. What this does is prevent the pulled pork from thawing and freezing again. Otherwise, the delicious taste and health benefits of the meat get compromised.
How Long is Pulled Pork Good for When Stored in The Refrigerator?
When storing cooked meat, especially pork, you can savor it for 3 to 4 days. But this also depends on the working capacity of your fridge.
During this period, it’s important to keep a check on the meat. Any change in the smell or color of pulled pork is an indication that it has gone bad.
How Long is Pulled Pork Good for When Stored in The Freezer?
When storing cooked meat in the freezer, you can keep it that way for as long as you want. But the temperature of the freezer needs to remain at zero degrees.
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There is another important fact you need to know about freezing pulled pork. Just because the meat is edible even after storing it for a very long time doesn’t mean it’s healthy. The longer you keep pulled pork inside the freezer, the more taste it loses.
So if you want to make the most of the taste and quantity of meat, then you should make it a point to eat the whole batch before three months. Otherwise, the delicious taste and the several health benefits of pork become a thing of the past.
So now you know how long is pulled pork good for, don’t you?
Just remember that refrigerating and freezing the leftovers of pulled pork requires you to split them into servings. You should begin and end the storing process within at least two hours from cooking the meat. This helps in preventing the formation of bacteria, which eliminates the chances of developing food poisoning.
Another important tip to keep in mind is wrapping the meat with aluminum foil before stuffing it into the container or bag. The foil is responsible for preserving the delicious taste of pulled pork.
And as a finishing touch, write down when the pulled pork was cooked, frozen, and its expiration date. This way you know how much time you have to savor the leftovers.
So have you ever tried to store or freeze pulled pork? Tell us about your experience.
And is there anything that you think we forgot to add here? Please let us know in the comments section below. We would love to hear your thoughts about carrying out the procedure.
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