Shelf Life Tips
- How long does unopened canned frosting 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 unopened canned frosting last at room temperature? Properly stored, unopened canned frosting will generally stay at best quality for about 12 to 18 months, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
Is unopened canned frosting 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 canned frosting 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 frosting will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the canned frosting'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 canned frosting is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the canned frosting: if the canned frosting develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
Discard all canned frosting from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.
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