Shelf Life Tips
- How long does an unopened can of bean soup last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize shelf life, store in a cool, dry area.
How long does an unopened can of bean soup last at room temperature? Properly stored, an unopened can of bean soup will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 5 years, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
Is unopened bean soup safe to use after the "expiration" date on the can or package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the can is undamaged - commercially packaged bean 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 bean soup will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the bean soup's texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly, the can is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
How can you tell if bean soup is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the bean soup: if the bean soup develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
Discard all bean soup from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.
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