How to tell if hot dogs are bad? The best way is to smell and look at the hot dogs: signs of bad hot dogs are a sour smell, dull color and slimy texture, discard any hot dogs with an off smell or appearance.
How long do hot dogs last in refrigerator? When you leave the grocery store with hot dogs, head straight home and refrigerate or freeze them immediately. If there is no product date, hot dogs can be safely stored in the unopened package for 2 weeks in the refrigerator, once opened, only 1 week. For maximum quality, freeze hot dogs no longer than 1 or 2 months.
Do hot dogs really expire? Yes, hot dogs can go bad, and more rapidly than you’d expect. Unopened, they can last up to two weeks stored in the fridge, but once opened, should be consumed within a week. Hot dogs also provide a perfect environment for the growth of a bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes which can cause serious illness.
How long after hot dogs expire Can you eat them? After hot dogs are purchased, they may be kept refrigerated for about 1 week after the “sell-by” date on the package if it has been properly stored. Unopened hot dogs may be kept in their original store packaging when refrigerating, to maximize the shelf life of hot dogs, do not open the package until ready to use.