Deli meat platter including ham, turkey, and roast beef
How Long You Can Leave Unopened Lunch Meat In The Fridge
Lunch meats typically include preservatives that extend their shelf life, but only for so long. According to the USDA, unopened packages are good for up to two weeks in the fridge.
To maximize freshness, store the meat in the coldest part of your fridge as soon as possible after purchasing, and make sure your fridge is set to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
Once you open the package, be sure to consume the lunch meat within three to five days. Don’t eat it if you see signs of mold or if it has an odd appearance, smell, or texture.
If you’re freezing the meat, it should be good indefinitely if stored under 0 degrees Fahrenheit, but the USDA recommends using it within one to two months for the best quality.
If the package is opened, wrap the slices in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and place them in a freezer bag or airtight container. A bag can also protect against freezer burn.