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LEMONADE, SOLD IN REFRIGERATED CARTON - UNOPENED

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1 week after date on package
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8-12 months

Tips

  • How long does unopened lemonade last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of unopened lemonade, keep it refrigerated at all times.
  • How long does unopened lemonade last in the fridge? Unopened lemonade will generally stay at best quality for about 1 week after the date on the package, assuming it has been continuously refrigerated.
  • To further extend the shelf life of opened lemonade, freeze it: to freeze lemonade, store in airtight container and leave at least 1/2 inch headspace at the top, as lemonade will expand when frozen.
  • How long does lemonade last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 8 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — lemonade that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does lemonade last after being frozen and thawed? Lemonade that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator before using; lemonade that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if opened lemonade is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the lemonade: if the lemonade develops an off odor, flavor or appearance it should be discarded.

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