Shelf Life Tips
- How long do frozen peppers last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep peppers frozen at all times.
Properly stored, frozen peppers will maintain best quality for about 12 months in the freezer, although they will usually remain safe to eat after that.
Are frozen peppers safe to eat after the “expiration” date on the package? Yes, if properly stored - commercially frozen peppers 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 peppers will remain at peak quality.
How long will frozen peppers remain safe to eat? Frozen peppers 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 long can you safely leave frozen peppers at room temperature? Frozen peppers 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 peppers are no longer good? If dry spots or discolorations have developed on the frozen peppers, freezer burn has begun to set in - this will not make the frozen peppers unsafe to eat, but it will harm the texture and taste.
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