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CATFISH — PURCHASED COMMERCIALLY FROZEN, RAW

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  • How long does frozen catfish last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep catfish frozen at all times.
  • Properly stored, frozen catfish will maintain best quality for about 12 months in the freezer, although it will usually remain safe to eat after that.
  • Is frozen catfish safe to eat after the expiration date on the package? Yes, if properly stored - commercially frozen catfish 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 frozen catfish will remain at peak quality.
  • How long will frozen catfish remain safe to eat? Frozen catfish that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely, as long as it has been stored properly and the package is not damaged.
  • How to tell if frozen catfish is no longer good? If dry spots or discoloration have developed on the frozen catfish, freezer burn has begun to set in - this will not make the catfish unsafe to eat, but it will harm the texture and taste.

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