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CHILI (CHILI CON CARNE) - HOMEMADE

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3-4 days
Freezer
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4-6 months

Tips

  • How long does homemade chili last in the fridge or freezer? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - refrigerate chili within two hours of cooking.
  • To maximize the shelf life of cooked chili for safety and quality, refrigerate the chili promptly in covered airtight containers.
  • Properly stored, cooked chili will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • How long can cooked chili be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked chili should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of cooked chili, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long does cooked chili last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 4 to 6 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - cooked chili that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does cooked chili last after being frozen and thawed? Cooked chili that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; chili that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
  • How to tell if cooked chili is bad? If cooked chili develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.

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