Shelf Life Tips
- How long do unopened canned or bottled cashews last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of canned or bottled cashews, store in a cool, dry area.
How long does an unopened can or bottle of cashews last at room temperature? Properly stored, an unopened canned or bottle of cashews will generally stay at best quality for about 18 to 24 months, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
Are unopened canned or bottled cashews safe to use after the "expiration" date on the can or package? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the package is undamaged - commercially packaged cashews 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 canned or bottled cashews will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the canned or bottled cashews' texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, they will still be safe to consume if they have been stored properly, the package is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
How can you tell if canned or bottled cashews are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the canned or bottled cashews: if the cashews develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
Discard all cashews from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.
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