Shelf Life Tips
- How long does frozen crab meat last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep crab meat frozen at all times.
Properly stored, frozen crab meat will maintain best quality for about 6 months in the freezer, although it will usually remain safe to eat after that.
Is frozen crab meat safe to eat after the expiration date on the package? Yes, if properly stored - commercially frozen crab meat 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 crab meat will remain at peak quality.
How long will frozen crab meat remain safe to eat? Frozen crab meat 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 crab meat at room temperature? Frozen crab meat should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature, as bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F.
How to tell if frozen crab meat is no longer good? If dry spots or discoloration have developed on the frozen crab meat, freezer burn has begun to set in - this will not make the crab meat unsafe to eat, but it will harm the texture and taste.
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