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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

CRANBERRY SAUCE, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR BOTTLED — OPENED

RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 10-14 days
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 1-2 months
Tips
  • How long does cranberry sauce last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions — keep opened cranberry sauce refrigerated and tightly covered.
  • To maximize the shelf life of cranberry sauce after opening, refrigerate in covered glass or plastic container.
  • How long does opened cranberry sauce last in the refrigerator? Cranberry sauce that has been continuously refrigerated will keep for about 10 to 14 days.
  • Is cranberry sauce safe to use after the “expiration” date on the can? Yes, provided it has been stored properly, the can is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) — commercially packaged cranberry sauce 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 cranberry sauce will remain at peak quality.
  • To further extend the shelf life of opened cranberry sauce, freeze it: to freeze cranberry sauce, place inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long does cranberry sauce last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 2 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — cranberry sauce that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How can you tell if opened cranberry sauce is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the cranberry sauce: if the cranberry sauce develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.

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