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TANGERINES (MANDARIN ORANGES), COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR BOTTLED — OPENED

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5-7 days
Freezer
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1-2 months

Tips

  • How long does a can of mandarin oranges last once opened? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep opened canned mandarin oranges refrigerated and tightly covered.
  • To maximize the shelf life of canned or packaged mandarin oranges after opening, refrigerate in covered glass or plastic container.
  • How long do opened canned mandarin oranges last in the refrigerator? Mandarin oranges that have been continuously refrigerated will keep for about 5 to 7 days.
  • Are canned mandarin oranges safe to use after the "expiration" date on the package? Yes, provided they have been stored properly, the can or package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below) - commercially canned mandarin oranges 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 mandarin oranges will remain at peak quality.
  • To further extend the shelf life of opened canned mandarin oranges, freeze them: to freeze mandarin oranges, place inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do canned mandarin oranges last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 2 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - mandarin oranges that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long do canned mandarin oranges last after being frozen and thawed? Mandarin oranges that have been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; mandarin oranges that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if opened canned mandarin oranges are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the mandarin oranges: if the mandarin oranges develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
  • Discard all mandarin oranges from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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