Inspecting a jar of pickled bologna found in the grocery store is the first step in determining how long the bologna can be stored. The use by date should be printed on the label or lid of the jar. If you cannot find or read the use by date, you need to determine how long the product has been sitting on the shelf. If the jar appears clean, not dusty, and the label is not torn, ask a store manager to find when the product was shipped to the store and to determine what the use by date is for the product. The use by date on store bought pickled bologna is the date you should use when determining the shelf life of the item.
Shelf Life of Homemade Pickled Bologna
Canning your own pickled bologna is a great way to ensure the quality of your pickled meats. Label each jar of pickled bologna with the date it was canned. Store unopened pickled bologna in a dry pantry at room temperature (between 50 and 70 F) for up to one year. After opening the jar, keep the pickled bologna refrigerated between 33 F to 40 F for up to 2 weeks. If you are uncertain how long a jar has been open, it is best to throw out the contents than to risk eating spoiled food.