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FRENCH FRIES (FRENCH FRIED POTATOES) - COMMERCIALLY FROZEN

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10-12 months

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  • How long do frozen French fries last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep French fries frozen at all times.
  • Properly stored, frozen French fries will maintain best quality for about 12 months in the freezer, although they will usually remain safe to eat after that.
  • Are frozen French fries safe to eat after the “expiration” date on the package? Yes, if properly stored - commercially frozen French fries 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 frozen French fries will remain at peak quality.
  • How long will frozen French fries remain safe to eat? Frozen French fries that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely, as long as they have been stored properly and the package is not damaged.
  • How long can you safely leave frozen French fries at room temperature? Frozen French fries should be discarded if left for more than 6 hours at room temperature, as bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F.
  • How to tell if frozen French fries are no longer good? If dry spots or discolorations have developed on the frozen French fries, freezer burn has begun to set in - this will not make the frozen French fries unsafe to eat, but it will harm the texture and taste.

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