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SPLIT PEA SOUP, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR PACKAGED, SOLD UNREFRIGERATED — OPENED

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3-4 days
Freezer
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4-6 months

Tips

  • How long does split pea soup last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep opened split pea soup refrigerated and tightly covered.
  • To maximize the shelf life of canned or packaged split pea soup after opening, refrigerate in covered glass or plastic container.
  • How long does opened split pea soup last in the refrigerator? Split pea soup that has been continuously refrigerated will keep for about 3 to 4 days.
  • Is split pea soup 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 split pea soup 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 split pea soup will remain at peak quality.
  • To further extend the shelf life of opened split pea soup, freeze it: to freeze split pea soup, place inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long does split pea soup last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 6 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - split pea soup that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does split pea soup last after being frozen and thawed? Split pea soup that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; split pea soup that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if opened split pea soup is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the split pea soup: if the split pea soup develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
  • Discard all split pea soup from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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