How long can ribs stay in the fridge?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long can ribs stay in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of ribs. Moreover, we are going to discuss tips to properly store ribs.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long can ribs stay in the fridge?

Raw/uncooked ribs can last for about 3-5 days when stored properly in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

On the other hand, cooked ribs last for about 3-4 days when stored properly in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in an air-tight container or plastic zipper bag.

Thus, the cold temperature of the fridge will decrease the rate of bacterial growth and will subsequently prolong the shelf life of your ribs.

What is the optimum temperature to store ribs?

You should always store your ribs at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below in the fridge. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore it is always advised to store ribs at a lower temperature to preserve their freshness and quality for a long time.

How long can ribs last at room temperature?

Raw as well as cooked ribs last for about 2 hours when left out of the fridge at room temperature. 

You should discard the ribs that have been left in the open for more than 2 hours as bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore there are greater chances of the ribs being already contaminated with bacteria when left out for more than 2 hours.

Moreover, if the temperature of the surroundings is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, then the process of spoilage takes place at a faster pace and it is recommended to discard ribs that are left out in the open for more than an hour at 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

How long do ribs last in the freezer?

Raw ribs if kept in a heavy-duty freezer container or wrapped in aluminum foil in a plastic freezer bag in the freezer can last for about 4-6 months provided that they were stored properly. 

On the other hand, properly stored cooked ribs last for about 2-3 months in the freezer.

Thus keeping the ribs in the freezer will increase their shelf life considerably owing to the cool temperature of the freezer that halts the bacterial growth on ribs.

It is worth mentioning that the figures mentioned above are the estimated shelf life of the ribs.

How to thaw frozen ribs?

The recommended way to thaw the frozen ribs is to leave them in the refrigerator overnight and let them thaw there. The previously cooked ribs thawed this way can stay in the fridge for additional 3-4 days before reheating and eating it while raw ribs thawed in the fridge last for about 3-5 days before cooking.

Conversely, you can thaw the frozen ribs in a bowl of cold water or microwave but you should reheat/cook it immediately after thawing. 

Can I refrigerate the reheated ribs?

So once you have reheated the previously cooked ribs, you should never refrigerate them. As when you reheat the ribs (previously cooked and refrigerated), their temperature rises more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit and we know that bacteria grows at a faster rate between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. So the bacteria will find their way to your ribs and you should never refrigerate the reheated ribs.

Tips to properly store ribs

  1. You should always store your ribs at 40°F or below. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40°F and 140°F, therefore it is always advised to store your ribs at a lower temperature.
  1. It is a good practice to store ribs on one of the shelves of the refrigerator rather than the door as there is a lot of temperature fluctuation at the door of the fridge that can mess up the quality of ribs.
  1. You can further prolong the shelf life of the ribs by wrapping them in the heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic freezer bag and storing them in the freezer.
  1. You can also opt for vacuum sealing at home that can prolong the shelf life of ribs. It involves the process of putting the ribs in a plastic zipper bag, removing air from it, and almost sealing the bag with a little space left while lowering it into water. Afterward, press out the bubbles from the bag starting from the bottom of the bag and once you reach the sealed end, you should press the seal closed. A vacuum sealer pump can also be used for this purpose.

You can read how to make oven-baked ribs here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long can ribs stay in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of ribs. Moreover, we discussed tips to properly store ribs.

Citations

https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18055#:~:text=Properly%20stored%2C%20cooked%20pork%20ribs,aluminum%20foil%20or%20freezer%20wrap.
https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18056
https://ask.usda.gov/s/article/How-long-can-you-store-pork
https://frugalinsa.com/other-useful/how-long-can-cooked-ribs-stay-out-of-the-fridge.html

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.