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VEGETABLE JUICE COCKTAIL, COMMERCIALLY CANNED OR BOTTLED, SOLD UNREFRIGERATED — UNOPENED

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18-24 months (best quality)

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  • How long does unopened vegetable juice cocktail last? The precise answer to the question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - store unopened cans or bottles of vegetable juice cocktail in a cool, dark area.
  • To extend the shelf life of unopened vegetable juice cocktail, keep unopened vegetable juice cocktail away from direct sources of heat or light.
  • How long does unopened vegetable juice cocktail last at room temperature? Properly stored, unopened vegetable juice cocktail that has been sold unrefrigerated will generally stay at best quality for about 18 to 24 months after the date on the package when stored at room temperature, although it will usually remain safe to drink after that.
  • Is unopened vegetable juice cocktail safe to drink after the "expiration" date on the can or bottle? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the can or bottle is undamaged - commercially packaged vegetable juice cocktail 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 vegetable juice cocktail will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage times shown are for best quality only - after that, the unopened vegetable juice cocktail's color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly, the can or bottle is not damaged and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
  • To further extend the shelf life of vegetable juice cocktail, freeze it: to freeze vegetable juice cocktail, store in airtight container and leave at least 1/2 inch headspace at the top, as juice will expand when frozen.
  • How long does vegetable juice cocktail 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 — vegetable juice cocktail that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does vegetable juice cocktail last after being frozen and thawed? Vegetable juice cocktail that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator before using; vegetable juice cocktail that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if vegetable juice cocktail is bad? If vegetable juice cocktail develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
  • Discard all vegetable juice cocktail from cans or bottles that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.

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