Shelf Life Tips
- How long does frozen broccoli last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep broccoli frozen at all times.
Properly stored, frozen broccoli will maintain best quality for about 12 months in the freezer, although it will usually remain safe to eat after that.
Is frozen broccoli safe to eat after the expiration date on the package? Yes, if properly stored - commercially frozen broccoli 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 broccoli will remain at peak quality.
How long will frozen broccoli remain safe to eat? Frozen broccoli that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely, as long as it has been stored properly and the package is not damaged.
How long can you safely leave frozen broccoli at room temperature? Frozen broccoli should be discarded if left for more than 6 hours at room temperature, as bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F.
How to tell if frozen broccoli is no longer good? If dry spots or discoloration have developed on the frozen broccoli, freezer burn has begun to set in - this will not make the broccoli unsafe to eat, but it will harm the texture and taste.
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