How long does cooked winter squash last in the fridge or freezer? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate winter squash within two hours of cooking.
To maximize the shelf life of cooked winter squash for safety and quality, refrigerate the winter squash in airtight containers or resealable plastic bags.
Properly stored, cooked winter squash will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
How long can cooked winter squash be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked winter squash should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
To further extend the shelf life of cooked winter squash, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
How long does cooked winter squash last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for 10 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
The freezer time shown is for best quality only — cooked winter squash that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
How long does cooked winter squash last after being frozen and thawed? Cooked winter squash that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; winter squash that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
How to tell if cooked winter squash is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the winter squash: discard any that has an off smell or appearance, do not taste first.
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