Shelf Life Tips
- How long do frozen scallops last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep scallops frozen at all times.
Properly stored, frozen scallops will maintain best quality for about 12 months in the freezer, although they will usually remain safe to eat after that.
Are frozen scallops safe to eat after the ‘expiration’ date on the package? Yes, if properly stored - commercially frozen scallops 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 frozen scallops will remain at peak quality.
How long will frozen scallops remain safe to eat? Frozen scallops that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely, as long as they have been stored properly and the package is not damaged.
How to tell if frozen scallops are no longer good? If dry spots or discolorations have developed on the frozen scallops, freezer burn has begun to set in - this will not make the frozen scallops unsafe to eat, but it will harm the texture and taste.
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