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APPLE JUICE, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR BOTTLED, SOLD UNREFRIGERATED - UNOPENED

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18-24 months (best quality)
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8-12 months

Tips

  • How long does unopened apple juice last? The precise answer to the question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - store unopened cans or bottles of apple juice in a cool, dark area.
  • To extend the shelf life of unopened apple juice, keep unopened apple juice away from direct sources of heat or light.
  • How long does unopened apple juice last at room temperature? Properly stored, unopened apple juice that has been sold unrefrigerated will generally stay at best quality for about 18 to 24 months when stored at room temperature, although it will usually remain safe to drink after that.
  • Is unopened apple juice safe to drink after the "expiration" date on the can or bottle? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the can or bottle is undamaged - commercially packaged apple juice will typically carry a " Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before", or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the apple juice will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage times shown are for best quality only - after that, the unopened apple juice's color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly, the can or bottle is not damaged and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
  • To further extend the shelf life of apple juice, freeze it: to freeze apple juice, store in airtight container and leave at least 1/2 inch headspace at the top, as juice will expand when frozen.
  • How long does apple juice last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 8 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — apple juice that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does apple juice last after being frozen and thawed? Apple juice that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator before using; apple juice that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if apple juice is bad? If apple juice develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
  • Discard all apple juice from cans or bottles that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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