Shelf Life Tips
- How long does unopened canned fruit cocktail last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of canned fruit cocktail store in a cool, dry area.
How long does an unopened can of fruit cocktail last at room temperature? Properly stored, an unopened can of fruit cocktail will generally stay at best quality for about 18 to 24 months, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
Is unopened canned fruit cocktail 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 fruit cocktail 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 fruit cocktail will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the canned fruit cocktail'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 fruit cocktail is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the canned fruit cocktail: if the canned fruit cocktail develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
Discard all canned fruit cocktail from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.
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