How long can you keep a haggis in the fridge?

Sources suggest that you can safely store homemade haggis in the refrigerator for two days and up to a month in the freezer.

Manufacturers give store-bought haggis a refrigerator life of 2-4 weeks from the dispatch date as long as it remains unopened. Once prepared, you shouldn't keep it in your refrigerator for longer than two days. Haggis may be kept frozen for 6 to 12 months.

Homemade haggis should be cooked within 2 days of defrosting and store-bought haggis should be cooked within 2 weeks of defrosting.

Your refrigerator temperature should be set at 5ºC or below and your freezer temperature should be kept at -18°C or below to prevent the growth of dangerous bacteria like listeria.

Of interest, the world's best haggis hurler recently retired from hurling. Alan Pettigrew, 56, set the world record in 1984 when he threw a 1lb 8oz haggis 180ft and 10in on the island of Inchmurrin on Loch Lomond. Officials say Lorne Colthart's 2011 214 ft haggis throw was invalid because the haggis was 4oz less than the regulation weight of 1lb 8oz. Pettigrew's record still stands after a recent haggis hurling contest at the National Trust for Scotland Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayrshire.

Updated on Monday, January 28 2013 at 10:24PM GMT
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