Food Storage - How long can you keep...


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2-3 months


  • How long does a can of deviled ham last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep opened deviled ham refrigerated and tightly covered.
  • To maximize the shelf life of canned deviled ham after opening, refrigerate in a covered glass or plastic container.
  • How long does opened canned deviled ham last in the refrigerator? Deviled ham that has been continuously refrigerated will keep for about 3 to 4 days.
  • Is canned deviled ham safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided it has been stored properly, the package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially packaged deviled ham 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 deviled ham will remain at peak quality.
  • To further extend the shelf life of opened canned deviled ham, freeze it: to freeze canned deviled ham, place inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long does canned deviled ham 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 – canned deviled ham that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does canned deviled ham last after being frozen and thawed? Canned deviled ham that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; deviled ham that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if opened canned deviled ham is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the deviled ham: if the deviled ham develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
  • Discard all deviled ham from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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