How long does Salami Last? [Cut & Whole]

Served Salami with Bread

Salami is one of the most interesting food items that I love to eat. It has a different texture than the regular meat we consume. 

Salami is a brilliant invention from the past times. When there was no manual temperature control, salami could stay for a long time even though it is made of meat.

Last week, you went to the store and bought some salami to prepare tasty recipes. You made the dish, but some salami was left over. 

Today you realized you left your salami packet on the counter and couldn’t find it was hidden behind a large container.

Or, you have bought some extra salami and have no idea how to store them. 

It can be confusing at times, but the shelf-life of salami depends upon whether the salami is whole or sliced. It also depends on whether the vacuum is opened or unopened. 

How long does Sliced or Whole salami Last? 

Salami is a delicacy we all enjoy, especially at our house. You would have bought salami, and few were used, few were left behind, and few were only partially used.

You are confused about how long the whole hard salami would last compared to the partially used ones (sliced salami).

Shelf-life of Salami also varies based on where you store it.

Sliced salami can last for 3 weeks in the fridge, and a whole salami (packed) can last for around 10 months.

Interestingly, USDA says salami has one of the longest shelf life among other meat products. 

Let’s learn about the shelf-life of salami in more detail. 

Don’t have time, here’s a quick table.

Pantry Fridge Freezer
Salami (Vacuum Sealed)6 weeks10 months 12 to 14 months 
Salami (Opened)3 to 4 days 3 weeks 8 to 10 months
Salami (Sliced)4 to 6 hours 3 weeks 2 months 

How long does Salami Last in the Fridge?

If you have bought fresh salami from the market and if it’s vacuum sealed, it’s ok if you store this salami outside at room temperature. 

But, if you have bought salami in bulk and don’t want your salami packages to go bad, you can store those packages in the fridge. This will help the salami to keep fresh and in good condition for around 10 months or as long as it says on the “Best By” date on the salami package. 

Remember that the ” Best By” is the determination of quality and safety.

If you have opened the packaging, and the vacuum seal of the salami, then you should make sure that you store them in the fridge as soon as possible. 

This is because, slowly, the flavor and safety of the salami start diminishing as time passes by. The opened package of salami in the fridge would last around 3 to 4 weeks. 

And if you have some leftovers or slices remaining of salami, you can easily store it in the fridge, where I have observed it usually lasts for 3 weeks maximum. 

It’s confusing, but the trick is to remember to try to store your opened package of salami in the fridge most of the time to avoid any wastage. 

How long does Salami Last in Freezer?

Storing Salami in the freezer, the answer is kind of yes and no. If the water is pulled out from the salami, its quality will slowly degrade. Hence, it becomes necessary to know how you store salami and what type of salami you use. 

The salami that is vacuum-sealed and unopened can last for months to come by in the freezer without any hassle or quality declination. 

Salami that has been vacuum sealed can last for and above 12 to 14 months in the freezer. 

If you have some sliced salami that you will not use, it’s better to store the sliced salami in the freezer. Sliced salami would last around 2 to 3 months in the freezer. 

Now, imagine you decided to use a fresh package of salami and later realized you wouldn’t use it. You would have opened the Salami package. 

You can store such salami in the freezer, which would last around 8 to 15 months. 

Sliced Salami, Let's see how long does it last
Sliced Salami

How long does Hard Salami last?

Hard Salami or dried salami is the best thing to buy if you want something that lasts longer. 

Your hard or dried-out salami would last for months if you store it in the fridge. This is because the more they get dry, the more they get protected from bacteria. 

Your dry salami can also last for 3,4 weeks outside your pantry at room temperature. And dried salami would last around 10 to 12 months in the fridge. 

How long does Genoa Salami Last? 

Genoa is a type of salami originating from Italy. It is mostly made up of pork but includes beef and other meat. 

Compared to hard kinds of salami, Genoa salami is much softer than other kinds of salami due to its high-fat content in it. 

The best way to increase the shelf life of Genoa salami is to store them in the fridge.

Genoa salami would last around 3 weeks in the fridge. 

How to store Salami?

The range of 15°-18°C and 75% Humidity is the ideal temperature for storing your delicious salami.

Even if salami is a shelf-stable food item, it comes with an expiration date like all other food products, and thus it’s essential to know how to store it correctly.

The more salami is left out, the drier it will become. So storing it inside your fridge is the way to save and savor your salami later.

The refrigerator is the safest place for storing salami, as cold temperatures will keep it fresh and prevent it from being damaged otherwise.

You should wrap your sliced salami nicely in plastic wrap or wax paper and then place it neatly in a plastic bag that prevents sliced salami from attracting any contaminants or other odors from entering your fridge.

You can also choose to freeze your salami to extend its life significantly. Place your sliced salami pieces in between parchment papers individually.

After safely doing the above step, put them in a freezer bag or an airtight container, as both would keep your salami intact in the freezer.

How to Tell if Salami has gone bad?

If you forget how many days it has been since your salami has been stored in the refrigerator, these are the ways to know that it has sadly gone bad.

If your salami is giving off a funny odor, it’s probably not edible anymore, and you should throw it out.

Even if it’s showing signs of developing air pockets or if its exterior has hardened, it’s no longer good for consumption. Trash it to avoid health risks.

And also, if the edges of your sliced salami turn brown or gray, it’s a sign that your salami has gone bad.


I hope I have answered all your queries regarding how long the salami will Last and how you can store it for better preservation. 

Be careful with what kind of packaging you are storing your Salami. Now you are good to go with storing your Salami.

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