Food Storage - How long can you keep...


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1 year (best quality)


  • How long does frozen Cornish hen last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep Cornish hen frozen at all times.
  • Properly stored, frozen Cornish hen will maintain best quality for about 12 months in the freezer, although it will usually remain safe to eat after that.
  • Is frozen Cornish hen safe to eat after the expiration date on the package? Yes, if properly stored - commercially frozen Cornish hen 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 frozen Cornish hen will remain at peak quality.
  • How long will frozen Cornish hen remain safe to eat? Frozen Cornish hen that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely, as long as it has been stored properly and the package is not damaged.
  • How to tell if frozen Cornish hen is no longer good? If dry spots or discoloration have developed on the frozen Cornish hen, freezer burn has begun to set in - this will not make the Cornish hen unsafe to eat, but it will harm the texture and taste.

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