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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

ASPARAGUS — FRESH, COOKED

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Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 3-5 days
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 10-12 months
Tips
  • How long does cooked asparagus last in the fridge or freezer? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate asparagus within two hours of cooking.
  • To maximize the shelf life of cooked asparagus for safety and quality, refrigerate the asparagus in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • Properly stored, cooked asparagus will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • To further extend the shelf life of cooked asparagus, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.
  • How long does cooked asparagus last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for 10 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — cooked asparagus that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does cooked asparagus last after being frozen and thawed? Cooked asparagus that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; asparagus that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
  • How long can cooked asparagus be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked asparagus should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • How to tell if cooked asparagus is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the asparagus: discard any beans with an off smell or appearance, do not taste first.

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