Food Storage - How long can you keep...

REGULAR SODA / SOFT DRINKS / POP ( ALL FLAVORS, INCLUDING COLA, LEMON-LIME, GINGER ALE, ROOT BEER, ORANGE) COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR BOTTLED — OPENED

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2-4 days

Tips

  • How long do soft drinks last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions — keep opened soft drinks refrigerated and tightly closed.
  • How long do soft drinks last in the refrigerator once opened? Soft drinks that have been continuously refrigerated will keep at best quality for about 2 to 4 days after opening.
  • Are opened soft drinks safe to drink after the "expiration" date on the bottle? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the bottle or can is undamaged - commercially packaged soft drinks 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 soft drinks will remain at peak quality.
  • How can you tell if opened soft drinks are bad or spoiled? After opening, commercially manufactured soft drinks will start to become flat and lose flavor; if the soft drinks develop an off odor, flavor or appearance they should be discarded.
  • Discard all soft drinks from cans or bottles that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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