CRAB MEAT, PASTEURIZED, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR PACKED IN AIRTIGHT PLASTIC CONTAINERS, SOLD REFRIGERATED — UNOPENED
1 month after "sell by" date
How long does an unopened package of pasteurized crab meat last in the fridge or freezer? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — keep pasteurized crab meat refrigerated at all times.
How long does an unopened packaged of pasteurized crab meat last after the sell-by date? After pasteurized crab meat is purchased, it may be kept refrigerated for about 1 month after the "sell-by" date on the package if it has been properly stored.
Unopened pasteurized crab meat may be kept in its original store packaging when refrigerating; to maximize the shelf life of pasteurized crab meat, do not open the package until ready to use.
How long can pasteurized crab meat be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; pasteurized crab meat should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
To further extend the shelf life of pasteurized crab meat, freeze; when freezing, place pasteurized crab meat in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
You can maximize the shelf life of pasteurized crab meat in the freezer by overwrapping the original store packaging with airtight heavy-duty aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper or place the package inside a heavy-duty freezer bag in order to prevent freezer burn.
How long does an unopened package of pasteurized crab meat last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
The freezer time shown is for best quality only — pasteurized crab meat that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
How long does pasteurized crab meat last after being frozen and thawed? Pasteurized crab meat that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator before cooking; pasteurized crab meat that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be cooked immediately.
How to tell if pasteurized crab meat is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the pasteurized crab meat: discard any pasteurized crab meat with an off smell or appearance; do not taste it first.
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