Shelf Life Tips
- How long does unopened key lime pie filling last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of key lime pie filling, store in a cool, dry area.
How long does unopened key lime pie filling last at room temperature? Properly stored, unopened key lime pie filling will generally stay at best quality for about 3 years, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
Is unopened key lime pie filling safe to use after the "expiration" date on the can or package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged key lime pie filling 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 key lime pie filling will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the key lime pie filling'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 package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
How can you tell if key lime pie filling is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the key lime pie filling: if the key lime pie filling develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
Discard all key lime pie filling from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.
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