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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

CORN ON THE COB — FRESH, COOKED

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

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