Food Storage - How long can you keep...


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  • How long does cooked clam chowder last in the fridge or freezer? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - refrigerate clam chowder within two hours of cooking.
  • To maximize the shelf life of cooked clam chowder for safety and quality, refrigerate the clam chowder promptly in covered airtight containers.
  • Properly stored, cooked clam chowder will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • To further extend the shelf life of cooked clam chowder, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long does cooked clam chowder last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 4 to 6 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - cooked clam chowder that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does cooked clam chowder last after being frozen and thawed? Cooked clam chowder that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; clam chowder that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
  • To prevent cream-based clam chowders from curdling once thawed, stir well when reheating the chowder.
  • How long can cooked clam chowder be safely left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked clam chowder should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • How to tell if cooked clam chowder is bad? If cooked clam chowder develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.

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