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PRUNE JUICE, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR BOTTLED, SOLD UNREFRIGERATED — UNOPENED

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18-24 months (best quality)
Freezer
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8-12 months

Tips

  • How long does unopened prune juice last? The precise answer to the question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - store unopened cans or bottles of prune juice in a cool, dark area.
  • To extend the shelf life of unopened prune juice, keep unopened prune juice away from direct sources of heat or light.
  • How long does unopened prune juice last at room temperature? Properly stored, unopened prune juice that has been sold unrefrigerated will generally stay at best quality for about 18 to 24 months after the date on the package when stored at room temperature, although it will usually remain safe to drink after that.
  • Is unopened prune juice safe to drink after the "expiration" date on the can or bottle? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the can or bottle is undamaged - commercially packaged prune juice 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 prune juice will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage times shown are for best quality only - after that, the unopened prune juice's color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly, the can or bottle is not damaged and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
  • To further extend the shelf life of prune juice, freeze it: to freeze prune juice, store in airtight container and leave at least 1/2 inch headspace at the top, as juice will expand when frozen.
  • How long does prune juice last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 8 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — prune juice that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does prune juice last after being frozen and thawed? Prune juice that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator before using; prune juice that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if prune juice is bad? If prune juice develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
  • Discard all prune juice from cans or bottles that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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