Shelf Life Tips
- How long do unopened canned cherries last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of canned cherries (pimentos), store in a cool, dry area.
How long does an unopened can of cherries last at room temperature? Properly stored, an unopened can of cherries will generally stay at best quality for about 18 to 24 months, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
Are unopened canned cherries safe to use after the "expiration" date on the can or package? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the can is undamaged - commercially packaged canned cherries 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 canned cherries will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the canned cherries' texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, they will still be safe to consume if they have been stored properly, the can is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
How can you tell if canned cherries are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the canned cherries: if the canned cherries develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
Discard all canned cherries from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.
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