Food Storage - How long can you keep...

CHICKEN, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR IN VACUUM POUCH - UNOPENED

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3-5 years (best quality)

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  • How long does unopened chicken last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of canned chicken (or chicken sold in a vacuum-sealed pouch), store in a cool, dry area.
  • How long does unopened canned chicken last at room temperature? Properly stored, unopened canned chicken will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 5 years, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
  • Is unopened canned chicken safe to use after the "expiration" date on the can or package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the can or vacuum-sealed pouch is undamaged - commercially packaged chicken 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 chicken will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the canned chicken'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 package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
  • How can you tell if canned chicken is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the canned chicken: if the canned chicken develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
  • Discard all canned chicken from cans or pouches that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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