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SCALLOPS - FRESH, RAW

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1-2 days
Freezer
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3-6 months

Tips

  • How long do raw scallops last in the fridge or freezer? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep scallops refrigerated at all times.
  • How long do raw scallops last after the sell-by date? After scallops are purchased, they may be refrigerated for 1 to 2 days - the "sell-by" date on the package may expire during that storage period, but the scallops will remain safe to use after the sell by date if they has been properly stored.
  • An unopened package of raw scallops may be kept in its original store packaging when refrigerating; to maximize the shelf life of scallops, do not open the package until ready to use.
  • How long can raw scallops be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; scallops should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of raw scallops, freeze; when freezing, place scallops in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
  • You can maximize the shelf life of scallops in the freezer by overwrapping the original store packaging with airtight heavy-duty aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper or place the package inside a heavy-duty freezer bag in order to prevent freezer burn.
  • How long do raw scallops last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 3 to 6 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - scallops that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long do raw scallops last after being frozen and thawed? Scallops that have been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator before cooking; scallops that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be cooked immediately.
  • How long do scallops last in the fridge once they are cooked? Cooked scallops will usually stay good for 3 to 4 days in the fridge and 4 months in the freezer.
  • How to tell if raw scallops are bad? The best way is to smell and look at the scallops: signs of bad scallops are a sour smell, dull color and slimy texture; discard any scallops with an off smell or appearance.

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