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Food Storage - How long can you keep...

CHILI (CHILI CON CARNE), COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR BOTTLED — UNOPENED

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3-5 years (best quality)

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  • How long does unopened chili last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of canned chili, store in a cool, dry area.
  • How long does unopened canned chili last at room temperature? Properly stored, unopened canned chili 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 chili safe to use after the "expiration" date on the can or package? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the can is undamaged - commercially packaged chili 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 chili will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the canned chili'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 chili is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the canned chili: if the canned chili develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
  • Discard all canned chili from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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