How Long Do Maraschino Cherries Last Once Opened?


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1-2 months
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6-12 months


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long do maraschino cherries last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep opened maraschino cherries tightly covered.
  • To maximize the shelf life of maraschino cherries after opening, keep in a cool, dark area.
  • How long do opened maraschino cherries last at room temperature? Maraschino cherries that have stored properly will stay at best quality for about 1 to 2 months at room temperature.
  • How long do opened maraschino cherries last in the refrigerator? Maraschino cherries that have been continuously refrigerated will keep for about 6 to 12 months.
  • Are maraschino cherries safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided they have been stored properly, the package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially maraschino cherries 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 cherries will remain at peak quality.
  • How can you tell if opened maraschino cherries are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the cherries: if the cherries develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
  • Discard all cherries from cans or bottles that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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