CRAB MEAT, PASTEURIZED, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR PACKED IN AIRTIGHT PLASTIC CONTAINERS, SOLD REFRIGERATED — OPENED
How long does an opened package of pasteurized crab meat last in the fridge or freezer? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — keep pasteurized crab meat refrigerated at all times.
To maximize the shelf life of opened pasteurized crab meat for safety and quality, refrigerate the crab meat in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
Properly stored, an opened package of pasteurized crab meat will last for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator.
How long can pasteurized crab meat be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; pasteurized crab meat should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
To further extend the shelf life of opened pasteurized crab meat, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.
How long does pasteurized crab meat last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
The freezer time shown is for best quality only — pasteurized crab meat that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
How long does pasteurized crab meat last after being frozen and thawed? Pasteurized crab meat that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator before cooking; crab meat that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
How to tell if pasteurized crab meat is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the crab meat: discard any that has an off smell or appearance, do not taste first.
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