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FRENCH FRIES (FRENCH FRIED POTATOES) — COOKED, LEFTOVERS

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

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