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3-5 years (best quality)


  • How long does unopened deviled ham last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of canned deviled ham, store in a cool, dry area.
  • How long does unopened canned deviled ham last at room temperature? Properly stored, unopened canned deviled ham will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 5 years, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
  • Is unopened canned deviled ham 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 deviled ham 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 deviled ham will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the canned deviled ham'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 canned deviled ham is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the canned deviled ham: if the canned deviled ham develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
  • Discard all canned deviled ham from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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