How to Know If Pork Is Bad Before You Cook It?

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How to Know If Pork Is Bad Before You Cook It?
Raw pork lasts up to five days in a refrigerator. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Raw pork possesses a short lifespan in thawed and refrigerated conditions. Even frozen pork has its limitations. According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, bacteria breeds without giving off a stench so raw pork may not produce telltale signs of being foul before it's cooked. Knowing the expiration date, preparation style and how long the pork has been thawed helps cooks determine if pork is safe to eat.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Determine how long the pork has been sitting in the refrigerator. According to, refrigerated pork is safe for up to five days.

  2. 2

    Identify if the pork has been sitting in marinade. According to, marinated pork lasts no longer than three days.

  3. 3

    Check to see if the pork has been stuffed. Stuffed pork lasts no longer than one day in the refrigerator.

  4. 4

    Ascertain how long the pork has been frozen. According to, pork frozen before the "best if eaten before" date should remain fresh for up to 12 months. However, certain varieties like chops and roasts may only last four to six months in the freezer. The Food Safety and Inspection Service warns that stuffed varieties do not freeze well.

Tips and warnings

  • Thaw pork in the refrigerator, rather than in room temperature conditions.
  • Raw pork should not be left in room temperature conditions for more than two hours, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service. If it exceeds this time frame, throw it out as cooking will not necessarily kill all the bacteria.

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