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APRICOT NECTAR, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR BOTTLED, SOLD UNREFRIGERATED - UNOPENED

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12-18 months
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8-12 months

Tips

  • How long does unopened apricot nectar last? The precise answer to the question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - store unopened cans or bottles of apricot nectar in a cool, dark area.
  • To extend the shelf life of unopened apricot nectar, keep unopened apricot nectar away from direct sources of heat or light.
  • How long does unopened apricot nectar last at room temperature? Properly stored, unopened apricot nectar that has been sold unrefrigerated will generally stay at best quality for about 12 to 18 months when stored at room temperature, although it will usually remain safe to drink after that.
  • Is unopened apricot nectar safe to drink after the "expiration" date on the can or bottle? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the can or bottle is undamaged - commercially packaged apricot nectar 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 apricot nectar will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage times shown are for best quality only - after that, the unopened apricot nectar's color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly, the can or bottle is not damaged and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
  • To further extend the shelf life of apricot nectar, freeze it: to freeze apricot nectar, store in airtight container and leave at least 1/2 inch headspace at the top, as nectar will expand when frozen.
  • How long does apricot nectar last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 8 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — apricot nectar that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does apricot nectar last after being frozen and thawed? Apricot nectar that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator before using; apricot nectar that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if apricot nectar is bad? If apricot nectar develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
  • Discard all apricot nectar from cans or bottles that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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