How Long Does Unopened Applesauce Last?


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12-18 months
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1-2 months


Shelf Life Tips

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

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