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BLACK-EYED PEAS, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR BOTTLED — OPENED

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3-4 days
Freezer
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1-2 months

Tips

  • How long does a can of black-eyed peas last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep opened black-eyed peas refrigerated and tightly covered.
  • To maximize the shelf life of canned black-eyed peas after opening, refrigerate in covered glass or plastic container.
  • How long do opened canned black-eyed peas last in the refrigerator? Canned black-eyed peas that have been continuously refrigerated will keep for about 3 to 4 days.
  • Are canned black-eyed peas safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided they have been stored properly, the can or package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially canned black-eyed peas 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 black-eyed peas will remain at peak quality.
  • To further extend the shelf life of opened canned black-eyed peas, freeze them: to freeze canned black-eyed peas, place inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • The texture of canned black-eyed peas will be softer after freezing and thawing; the thawed black-eyed peas will be best suited to cooked dishes, such as sauces, soups and casseroles.
  • How long do canned black-eyed peas last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 2 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - black-eyed peas that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long do canned black-eyed peas last after being frozen and thawed? Black-eyed peas that have been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; black-eyed peas that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if opened canned black-eyed peas are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the black-eyed peas: if the black-eyed peas develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
  • Discard all black-eyed peas from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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