How Long Does Tuna Salad Last? The shelf life for tuna salad should be 3 to 4 days. Anything beyond that, and it is likely that bacteria will have started to grow in the mayonnaise. There might also start to be visible changes in color from the vegetables.
The tuna should not change colors from white or a slight grayish pink color, but again, any changes in color could simply mean an accumulation of bacteria within the dish itself if it has been left out for more than a few days.
However, there is no need to worry about going to bed at night with a bowl of tuna salad if you have put it into smaller containers that can then go into air tight containers overnight
How To Tell If Tuna Salad Is Bad, Or Going Bad
Many of us have been guilty of grabbing a can or package of tuna from the grocery store, bringing it home and then leaving it to rot in our fridge for weeks at a time. Sometimes we even forget about it all together until we finally decide to clean out the fridge. Then as you’re digging through your forgotten leftovers, you find the unopened can of tuna and ask yourself:
“Is that bad? Is it safe to eat?”
You panic and then come up with a plan. You’ll get some fresh lemon juice and soak the tuna in it for a couple hours before rinsing it off and adding mayo. That should do the trick!
How To Store Tuna Salad?
Does that little trick you just thought of work? Maybe. Or maybe the toxins are already entering your body.
It’s important to prevent eating bad tuna salad, but it’s also important to know how to store the product properly so you don’t have to do this in the first place! Here are a few tips for storing tuna salad safely:
– Always check the expiration date on your package of tuna before consumption – If there is no expiration date, try using your nose! Fishy smelling products should be used immediately or thrown away.
– Store unopened cans/packages of tuna in a cool dry environment such as a pantry or cupboard and eat within one month of opening.
– Opened tuna should be stored in an airtight container and eaten within one week.
If you’re wondering how to tell if your tuna salad is bad, just use these guidelines as a helpful reminder! If you must soak the product to make it taste better or safe for consumption, try marinating it in lemon juice instead of water. Lemon juice will not only rid the tuna of any fishy smells and tastes, but will also kill any toxins that may be present.