How Long Do Apricots Last?


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1-3 days or until ripe
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4-5 days once ripe
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10-12 months


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long do apricots last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - after purchasing, keep apricots in a dry area.
  • Properly stored, apricots will become fully ripe in about 1 to 3 days at normal room temperature.
  • How can you make apricots ripen faster? To hasten ripening, put apricots in a brown paper bag, close it and leave on the counter.
  • Do not refrigerate apricots until they are fully ripe - allowing to ripen at room temperature will result in more flavorful, juicy apricots.
  • To extend the shelf life of fully ripe apricots, place in a plastic bag and refrigerate; for best results, bring the apricots back to room temperature before using.
  • How long do apricots last in the refrigerator? Fully ripe apricots will last for about 4 to 5 days in the fridge.
  • Can you freeze raw apricots? Yes: (1) Wash, pit and halve or slice apricots; (2) Coat apricots with a solution made of 1/2 teaspoon of ascorbic acid for each 6 tablespoons of cold water to prevent darkening; (3) Add 1/2 cup sugar to each quart of fruit and stir until sugar is dissolved; (4) Place in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do apricots last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 10 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - apricots that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if apricots are bad or spoiled? Apricots that are spoiling will typically become very soft, develop dark spots and start to ooze; discard any apricots if mold appears or if the apricots have an off smell or appearance.

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