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PEAS AND CARROTS / ONIONS, 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 peas and carrots last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep opened peas and carrots refrigerated and tightly covered.
  • To maximize the shelf life of canned peas and carrots after opening, refrigerate in covered glass or plastic container.
  • How long do opened canned peas and carrots last in the refrigerator? Canned peas and carrots that have been continuously refrigerated will keep for about 3 to 4 days.
  • Are canned peas and carrots 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 peas and carrots 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 peas and carrots will remain at peak quality.
  • To further extend the shelf life of opened canned peas and carrots, freeze them: to freeze canned peas and carrots, place inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do canned peas and carrots 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 - peas and carrots that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long do canned peas and carrots last after being frozen and thawed? Peas and carrots that have been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; peas and carrots that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if opened canned peas and carrots are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the peas and carrots: if the peas and carrots develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
  • Discard all peas and carrots from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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