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Salt Cod

dude | Mar 23, 2005 11:31 AM

I am aware of salt cod's role in history as one of the most important foods that can survive long periods without refrigeration/canning, which enabled so much exploration/colonization/exploitation so I feel a little stupid asking this:

Does salt cod expire? I have a package that I bought a few months ago that has been sitting in the meat bin in the bottom of my fridge. It has a sell-by date of early February. Is it still good to eat?
I got it at Stew Leonard's (which means nothing outside of the NY tri-state area, I know), and it's packaged like meat/fish in a shrink-wrapped foam tray. It has a funky smell, but no different to my nose than on the day I brought it home.

I've been entertaining a fantasy of making fish cakes with it, but have been quite busy/lazy. Can I still use this?

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