Food Storage - How long can you keep...


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2-3 months


  • How long does chicken gravy last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep opened chicken gravy refrigerated and tightly covered.
  • To maximize the shelf life of canned or bottled chicken gravy after opening, refrigerate in covered glass or plastic container.
  • How long does opened chicken gravy last in the refrigerator? Chicken gravy that has been continuously refrigerated will keep for about 3 to 5 days.
  • Is chicken gravy safe to use after the expiration date on the package? Yes, provided it has been stored properly, the package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially packaged chicken gravy 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 chicken gravy will remain at peak quality.
  • To further extend the shelf life of opened chicken gravy, freeze it: to freeze chicken gravy, place inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long does chicken gravy last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - chicken gravy that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does chicken gravy last after being frozen and thawed? Chicken gravy that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; chicken gravy that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if opened chicken gravy is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the chicken gravy: if the chicken gravy develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.

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