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GRAPE LEAVES, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR BOTTLED — OPENED

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3-4 days
Freezer
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1-2 months

 

Tips

  • How long does a can of grape leaves last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep opened grape leaves refrigerated and tightly covered.
  • To maximize the shelf life of canned grape leaves after opening, refrigerate in covered glass or plastic container.
  • How long do opened canned grape leaves last in the refrigerator? Canned grape leaves that have been continuously refrigerated will keep for about 3 to 4 days.
  • Are canned grape leaves safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided they have been stored properly, the can or package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially canned grape leaves 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 grape leaves will remain at peak quality.
  • To further extend the shelf life of opened canned grape leaves, freeze them: to freeze canned grape leaves, place inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do canned grape leaves last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 2 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - grape leaves that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long do canned grape leaves last after being frozen and thawed? Grape leaves that have been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; grape leaves that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if opened canned grape leaves are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the grape leaves: if the grape leaves develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
  • Discard all grape leaves from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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