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