How Long Does Unopened Evaporated Milk Last?


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18-24 months (best quality)


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long does unopened canned evaporated milk last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of canned evaporated milk store in a cool, dry area.
  • How long does an unopened can of evaporated milk last at room temperature? Properly stored, an unopened can of evaporated milk will generally stay at best quality for about 18 to 24 months, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
  • Is unopened canned evaporated milk safe to use after the "expiration” date on the can or package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the can is undamaged - commercially canned evaporated milk 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 canned evaporated milk will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the canned evaporated milk's texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly, the can is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
  • How can you tell if canned evaporated milk is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the canned evaporated milk: if the canned evaporated milk develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded.
  • Discard all canned evaporated milk from cans that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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